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The Gamelatron is the world’s first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra. It is the fruit of collaboration between The Composer and multi-media artist Zemi17: Aaron "Taylor" Kuffner with The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR). The Gamelatron is modeled after traditional Balinese and Javanese gamelan orchestras. It features sets of classic instruments in ornate frames with custom robotic counter parts. MIDI sequences control up to 170 robotic striking mechanisms that produce intricately woven rhythmic sound.

The construction of the beta Gamelatron was fully realized in September 2008. Between March and May of 2010 Taylor Kuffner constructed a touring Gamelatron, which is completely modular, based on adaptations of LEMUR designs working with Eric Singer's custom MIDI decoder microprocessors. The instruments featured in this Gamelatron draw from the Balinese Belaganjur ensemble as well as the Reyong and Trompong sections of the Balinese Gamelan Gong Gede. Kuffner built a small Gamelatron in February of 2011 featuring a selection of instruments of the Balinese Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) tradition. Currently another touring Gamelatron is under construction specifically to service the west coast of the United States with a project to robotize a copy of a rare Balinese Gamelan made from Iron, called Selonding is slated for the end of the 2012.

The Gamelatron has received grants and in-kind support from The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Experimental Television Center with The New York Council for the Arts, The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, Ableton Gmhb, Native Instruments Gmhb, The CEC Artslink, Scope Arts, The New Orleans Airlift, TechShop San Francisco, The Experimental Television Center, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and The US Artists International partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.