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Premiere of all-robotic version of George Antheil's infamous Dada piece for 16 player pianos and percussion orchestra. Features new robotic instruments from LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots.

The Ballet mécanique was originally intended to accompany an experimental film by Fernand Léger, but the musical score is twice the length of the film and now stands alone. The score calls for a percussion ensemble consisting of three xylophones, four bass drums, a tam-tam, three airplane propellers, seven electric bells, a siren, two "live pianists", and sixteen synchronized player pianos. Antheil's piece was the first to synchronize machines with human players and to exploit the difference between what machines and humans can play.

Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballet_m%C3%A9canique

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