In "Tales of Future", which Sinan Bokesoy created in 2010, he is using a KUKA robotic arm as a percussionist. Why he think that is good that a robot is playing music in an orchestra you can read more on in this article.
Sinan Bokesoy tells: "Robots capture great interest and are more often used in installation projects for various tasks. Their advantage is to create an existence providing physical and visual cues to the audience. In both parts of the "Tales of Future" project, our musical robots bring the metaphor of an artificial performance system within the realm, expression and richness of acoustic instruments by offering physical and visual gestures. When I first came up with the idea to utilize industrial robots as one of the main elements for the project, I had the vision that they would suit very well as percussion instrument performers, with their precise and strong enough movement abilities. I have witnessed that the robot performance could achieve very interesting sound dynamics with the percussions.
Though the percussion used in my project where designed for human performance, the sonic impact can be different then the human performance and I find this aspect interesting being different rather then trying to mimic it. Also I think that an industrial robot is a proven robust machine which would serve hours-long especially fitting very well to the task assigned for my installation project. Hence a machine, which was specifically designed for industrial manufacturing purposes become a musical instrument and a performer at the same time, controlled for artistic purposes. It was an example of collaboration between artist and engineer, where both part has been working out of their usual context too".
[image source: Simon Bokesoy]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
"Robots capture great interest and are more often used in installation projects for various tasks. Their advantage is to create an existence providing physical and visual cues to the audience".