Aerial Robotic Choir

The Aerial Robotic Choir – consisting of 10 drones – has been custom-built by Vincent Trichon supervised by Hedvig Kjellström. The positions of the drones and the dancer are tracked via a motion capture system. The dancer (represented by her head and hands) can dynamically apply attractive and repulsive forces to the drones to control their trajectories. 

The drones use the potential field method to fly. This  physics-based model for the drone motions adapts well to unexpected changes in the environment and lets each drone find its own path. The Aerial Robotic Choir is equipped with on-board loudspeakers that interactively play pre-composed music that is called forward by the movements of the dancer – and that is related to a background track of heavily filtered vocal sounds of Maria Callas. The overwhelming sound of five flying drones has been taken into consideration when creating the musical components.

Research Articles:

https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3300847

http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1210542&dswid=7733

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPH, DANCE, INTERACTION DESIGN:
Åsa Unander-Scharin


CONCEPT, MUSIC, VOICE:
Carl Unander-Scharin


CONSTRUCTION OF DRONES AND SOFTWARE:
Vincent Trichon


ASSISTANT:
Sara Eriksson


SUPERVISION:
Prof. Hedvig Kjellström and Prof. Kia Höök


VOICE:
Maria Callas


PRODUCTION:
Royal Institute of technology KTH


PERFORMANCES:
Work-in-progress presentation in Music Tech Fest, August, Stockholm 2018
Work-in-progress presentation KTH R1, December 2018
Part of pre-presentation of ReCallas:Medea in Rijeka, Croatia, March 2019.


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