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Robot orchestra to release first album

An Italian composer has built a robot orchestra, conducted from his laptop.

Electronic music producer Leonardo Barbadoro has over 50 real acoustic instruments which he can control using a single laptop, and is in the process of recording his creation's debut album.

The robot orchestra includes a piano and an organ, wind instruments and percussion.

The aim of the project is to create a more human sound than digitally synthesized instruments, by recording their sound in an acoustic space.

Leonardo told Digital Trends: "I have been working on this project for a long time now. Everything started in 2011 when I was in Ghent, Belgium, to play a show, and a guy there showed me the website of the Logos Foundation.

"These people have built robots to play acoustic instruments for the past 20 years. It is now the largest robot orchestra in the world.

"I thought the whole concept was amazing, and finally decided to get in touch with them in 2014. I visited the foundation about 10 times to learn how these instruments work, and then composed and recorded 'Musica Automata,' a 10-minute composition for 19 robots controlled by a laptop computer."

Leonardo has gone on to build his own robots, including one designed to play an unusual Persian string instrument.

He has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds in order to record a whole album in both digital format and on vinyl.

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