The Waseda Flutist Robot No. 4 refined IV: Enhancing the sound clarity and the articulation between notes by improving the design of the lips and tonguing mechanisms

Jorge Solis, Koichi Taniguchi, Takeshi Ninomiya, Tetsuro Yamamoto, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

As a result from our research, the Waseda Flutist Robot is able of playing the flute nearly similar to an intermediate level flutist In order to enhance the expressiveness of its performance, we are focusing our research on improving the mechanical design of the simulated organs as well as implementing automated algorithms for the generation of expressive music performance. In a previous research, we have developed a human-like vocal cord to improve the production of vibrato. In this paper, we are presenting the newest version of the flutist robot; where the lips, oral cavity and tonguing mechanisms were improved. Such improvements were proposed to effectively control the attack time and double tonguing. The attack time is useful to produce clear sounds and the double tonguing is an important articulation that helps players to produce shaped notes and smooth transitions between notes. The lips mechanism is composed by 3-DOFs which enables the accurate control of the air stream parameters (width, thickness and angle). The lips of the robot were designed more human-like by using a thermoplastic rubber (septon). The oral cavity was designed similar to the human one also made by septon. Inside the oral cavity, an improved tonguing mechanism was designed (1-DOF) to reproduce better the double tonguing technique. A set of experiments were performed to analyze the improvements on the dynamical properties of the sound while playing the flute.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007
Pages2041-2046
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2007 Oct 292007 Nov 2

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Conference

Conference2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period07/10/2907/11/2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Solis, J., Taniguchi, K., Ninomiya, T., Yamamoto, T., & Takanishi, A. (2007). The Waseda Flutist Robot No. 4 refined IV: Enhancing the sound clarity and the articulation between notes by improving the design of the lips and tonguing mechanisms. In Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2007 (pp. 2041-2046). [4399081] (IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems). https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2007.4399081