LEMUR will be at MOCAD this Friday June 26th as a part of the Midsummer Nights in Midtown series at 8:45 P.M and 10:30 P.M. The show is free of charge and open to the public. If you would like to learn more please visit them at their website.
What is LEMUR?
League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots is a Brooklyn-based group of artists and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology. LEMUR’s philosophy is to build robots that are new types of musical instruments, as opposed to animatronic robots that play existing instruments.
LEMUR’s growing ensemble includes over 50 robotic instruments. GuitarBot, an electric stringed instrument, is comprised of several independently controllable stringed units which can pick and slide extremely rapidly. ModBots are a large collection of modular percussion robots in a variety of styles and functions, including beaters, singing bells and shakers. The Ill-Tempered Clangier is a robotic xylophone-like tubular bell instrument which clangs percussive melodies on forty-four tuned metal pipes. ForestBot is comprised of a forest of egg-shaped rattles sprouting from long rods that quiver and sway over onlookers. TibetBot is designed around three Tibetan singing bowls struck by robotic arms to produce a range of timbres.
LEMUR is supported in part by generous grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Experimental Television Center and Materials for the Arts. LEMUR is also supported by Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.
Friday, June 26
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
4454 Woodward – mocadetroit.org
LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots
Performances: 8:45pm & 10:30pm – Music | Technology
LEMUR builds robots that are new types of sculptural musical instruments. The robots will perform with human beatboxer and vocal performance artist, Adam Matta, and will be shown in an inter-active installation controlled by the audience.
Slavic Soul Party!
9:30pm & 11:15pm – Balkan Worldbeat
A fiery 10-piece Balkan brass band from NYC, Slavic Soul Party! delivers some of the most danceable rhythms melding Gypsy, East European, Mexican and Asian jazz and soul.
I started to look at the Russell Industrial Center to see what we can get space wise to start. I feel that this would probably be a good place for us to call home for a while as well as to help build our member base. I know that it is not the ideal location for all of us but the pricing is right.
600 SQ. FT – $450.00 per month and includes heat and electric – These small spaces are on the inside of the building and do not have any exterior walls with windows. They say the spaces stay pretty warm and assume for added heat people use space heaters.
1000 SQ. FT – $550.00 per month includes heat but goes to metered electrical
The building has 24 hour access and is also 24 hour security on premise, parking is free and we will not have any problems with having public people coming into the space for meetings etc… In the main lobby they provide a layout of the building with information on all companies and groups to make finding us easy.
The building is full of other artists, film studios, music studios etc… this could be good for meeting others and possibly growing our member base. This would also allow us to start teaching classes. We are free to do what we wish with the space as far as painting, build out etc… The building is fully wired by comcast and we can contact them for internet, cable or phone services. Noise is not really an issue. They also host art gallery tours, showings, films etc… which could also bring in new members.
I am attaching a few photos of a space for everyone to get an idea. The ceilings are approx. 14 ft. tall. I like the fact that our electrical/heating costs are included in the price. The spaces do not have personal bathrooms. There are shared bathrooms on the floors that is used amongst all renters.
How this works:
Rental information – This is a month to month program that requires 2 months deposit + first months rent down – $1350.00
They require 30 days notice up front if leaving the space.
Insurance – 1 million liability insurance policy + renter insurance which covers theft, fire, etc… This will cost us approx. $350 – $450 per year or $37.50 per month.
We are still seeking to find new members that are interested in participating in our group. I am looking for everyone’s input on your thoughts of this potential space. Please post comments of what you think.
Photos from Russell Industrial Center flickr group.
Just a Reminder that we will be holding our tenth group meeting Tuesday June 23rd @ 7:00 P.M. We will be meeting at The Coffee Beanery in Berkley off of Woodward Ave. Our meeting is open to anyone that would like to come. If you are interested in finding out more about our group and would like to be apart of it please join us!
Also a reminder that if you are looking to be a founding member of i3Detroit we are still collecting $5 contributions that will go towards i3Detroit’s filling for it’s incorporated status and our 501(c) (3) non profit until our first meeting in July. We appreciate everyone that can help and contribute as we continue to move forward with the building of i3Detroit.
Unfortunately OP library was booked today, so we’ll have to go to plan B and meet at the Coffee Beanery in Berkely. (or is that going back to plan A?)
Sorry for the confusion.
We will be holding our group meeting on Tuesday June 16th @ 7:00 P.M. We have changed our location to the Oak Park Public Library. Hopefully this will let us accommodate more people.
Our meeting is open to anyone that would like to come. If you are interested in finding out more about our group and would like to be apart of it please join us!
If you have any questions feel free to contact us. See you all there!
phone: (248) 906-8473
For tours, just drop in before a meeting (Tuesdays 5-7pm) or any Friday evening (5-9pm).
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