Dr Andrew Roberton in the recording studio at Queen Mary University, London

New software has been developed that gives drummers the freedom to speed up or slow down the pace of the music with any pre-programmed material following their lead.

It means that drummers will no longer have to keep time with a click track and the set beat of pre-recorded tracks that are are used during live performances and studio sessions.

The software has been developed by Dr Andrew Robertson, a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, initially as part of his EPSRC-funded PhD project.

Robic Glockenspiel
Robotic Glockenspiel driven by 'B Keeper' Software

This film was made in a single day at Queen Mary University, London using A Sony Z5 HD camera and Canon 5 D Mk 2.

Thanks to Jane, Andrew and the two David’s for a great day working on this facinating project.

Click on the microphone image to see the film.

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