The Musical Melodyians are a race of musical aliens who eat music, create music, and travel through space in a cosmic quest to sustain their dying civilization and renew harmony in the universe.
They are also Arduino-based robots that can move around, flash LED lights, and synthesize musical tones. They are controlled entirely by external MIDI signals, which might seem a bit strange, but allows for them to be orchestrated and controlled by arbitrary software or hardware interfaces, such as a Lemur or a DAW.
For my role in this project, I collaborate with multimedia artist and producer Scott Tooby on an ongoing basis to add new features in the C/C++/Arduino codebase, and to continually refactor and improve the abstractions we use to control the robots.
Currently we are working on prototyping in Processing some more complex AI behaviors and a Kinect interface, such that the robots could be more easily choreographed with intent-based instructions.
In addition, I’ve done some experiments with importing and controlling the 3D models of the Melodyians in Unity.