Music, Machines and Meaning

Music, Machines and Meaning – Andy Cavatorta

Music, Machines and Meaning is a lecture started at MIT that covers the history of creating music and sound-based meaning through the medium of machinery: 16th century clockwork automata, 18th century bird boxes, orchestrions, the Telharmonium, Jean Tinguely’s metamatics artwork, and much more.

Andy Cavatorta is Director of Engineering for Ensemble Robot, a robotic ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing compositions for robot musical instruments. He has a Masters Degree from the MIT Media Lab and completed a 12-month collaboration with Bjork on experimental musical instruments.