Valse Automatique is a design performance made to illustrate the symbiosis between humans and technology by translating music to form over the use of a KUKA industrial robot.
The project explores how computational musical data can be used to create objects as “fingerprints” of a musical scores in the context of an industrial manufacturing process. For this purpose Mihalj “MIKI” Kekenj composed and performed five variations of a waltz theme created specifically for the event at “MADE” — a platform for creative people from different disciplines in the heart of Berlin.
Invited to the project by Hermann Weizenegger and MADE in Berlin, we have designed an interface and generative design principle according to which objects were live-manufactured during the performance. In a first manufacturing process the robot milled objects from wax. In the second process it used a bunsen burner. The product is a duet of industrial components and musical arrangements.