Flying Robot Rockstars: Music Drones Invasion


The music scene is ever developing, and we bore witness to various innovative ideas over the course of the last century. From high-tech gear in electronics to cutting-edge DJ record players – now, we thought we’d seen it all. But did we?

Essentially, no one can dispute the fact that we live in modern times, but Music Drones? Well, it’s hard to say that anyone could’ve predicted that the music technology could go so far. Basically, Sennheiser brought us the news that robots could perform exquisite feats with instruments, and they surely did deliver.

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Now, there is a ton of reasons why we (should) like drones. As human beings, it is only natural that we want to explore the vast pockets of the above-ground scape, and they allow us to see but a speck of the whole. But, what if there is more to these machinated contraptions? What if they could “speak” to us, to our souls?

In the music, robots have been mere assistants and nothing more. That’s about to change

A flying light show comprised of tiny, metal musicians. Now, that’s a view. That’s something you’d want to see, right? Well, you’re not the only one. Namely, Sennheiser brand leaked a video called “Flying Robot Rockstars“. Let’s see the masters at work.

Essentially, we’re looking at a squad of six hexacopters flying about in a poor-lit room. It doesn’t take long until we can notice a small music stage equipped with all the instruments a band needs. Namely, there are drums, tight strings, pianos, all sorts of music-makers.

The first thing you’ll hear is a robot whizzing by a couple of times, followed up by introduction credits, stating that this project was brought up by KMEL ROBOTICS featuring Lockheed Martin & Intel Corporation.

After the strings, we can hear two drones banging on the drums with pinpoint precision and accuracy. Now, if you’re into music, you should be aware of the fact that it’s not all about rhythm when drums are in question. These little metalheads execute precise strokes with optimal strength in a flawless fashion.

The first song is “Carol of the Bells“, which is followed up by “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the tiny bells.

It is very precise timing: The drones receive 100 commands per second” – Daniel Mellinger, Engineer in “Music Drones” experiment

Alex Kushleyev and Daniel Mellinger are chief engineers and founders of the KMel Robotics. These guys are the heads behind this extraordinary idea, and, reportedly, they’ve been working on this little project for years. Needless to say, the video became viral in mere seconds upon release, raising high hopes for the music industry and a lot of interesting questions.

One of these questions is not necessarily so positive, regarding that How much longer do we need humans to make music?. Of course, robots are incapable of creating new, soulful music, but they’re more than capable of recreating written masterpieces with great ease.

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What we’re waiting for is an “All-Drone Band“. Yeah, we want to see that, and that would be quite a show. Mastering the conventional instruments has proven to be an easier task, knowing that there are various tablature software programs, music schools, and such.

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Drone battles? We’ve seen that. A guitar rock-off? Drone drum jam sessions? Drone pianists in premium restaurants? The options are nearly limitless.

It’s only a matter of time until someone decides that we should be funding these ideas. Now, it’s not that we don’t need people as musicians, but it’s that we might want drones as entertainers.