The Daily Mail reports:
Classical musicians could have good reason to be worried as scientists have developed a musical robot that makes no mistakes.
Waseda University’s robotic flautist can play the challenging musical score of the ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ almost flawlessly....
Thanks to a series of technical advances, the latest version makes smoother transitions between notes than the original model built in 2003. [a better legato mode that GPO??]
The robot’s mouth and lungs have been carefully designed to mimic the expert air control of a professional flautist.
The scientists created artificial lips with the elasticity of human lips and embedded pins, which control their shape.
The robot’s tongue has been redesigned to enable the double-tonguing technique – the high-speed playing used throughout the famous ‘Flight of the Bumblee’.
It even has an in-built mechanism to create vibrato, which can take human players years to master, that changes the amplitude and frequency of the robot’s airflow....
Research on the musical robot began in 1990, with the aim that it would eventually rival human musicians.
But the WF-4RIV is more than just a gimmick. The makers hope to make it sophisticated enough to achieve better human-computer interaction and then teach music to pupils.