TeoTronico: the pianist robot
WHO IS TeoTronico? TeoTronico (Imola, 2012), conceived and built by Matteo Suzzi, is a pianist-robot that plays the piano with remarkable dynamic control and articulation, thanks to its 53 fingers and technology that allows you to move them with great precision and speed. It has been presented in the concert circuit by pianist Roberto Prosseda , who since March 2012 holds lessons-concert with TeoTronico on the relationship between reproduction and musical interpretation.
In 2012 he made his debut on TV on Canale 5, participating in "Italia's Got Talent". He made his debut with the orchestra on August 26, 2012 with the Berliner Symphoniker directed by Michelangelo Galeati at the prestigious Philharmonie in Berlin.
WHAT DOES TeoTronico? TeoTronico can play literally playing a midi file: it is therefore an ideal interpreter of the player-piano repertoire of Stravinsky, Hindemith, Nancarrow, Ligeti. It can also take the "semblance" of a true pianist pianist in the case reproduces midi files derived from piano rollers recorded by great pianists of the past as Busoni, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Hoffman. But not only that, TeoTronico can have a "mirror-pianist" role if connected to a digital piano played by a person ("ghost-pianist"). This mode means that he can therefore play as a solo pianist with orchestra, in chamber formations or as a pianist for singers, even remotely kilometers away.
AND BEYOND SOUND? TeoTronico has a word: he speaks, sings and has a rich facial expression. It can reproduce pre-recorded spoken texts, or be dubbed in real time: in both modes, it takes the labial of speech in any language. He can therefore interact with his interlocutors, also through his facial expressions: he moves his head, mouth, pupils, eyelids and eyebrows. Equipped with proximity sensors, you can turn to people who are close to him. If dubbed in real time, it can answer questions from the public. In "ghost-pianist" mode, through the assistance of a professional pianist, he can also play with other musicians with considerable versatility following the Conductor.
WHAT DO YOU NEED? TeoTronico is an innovative and effective instrument for popularizing music. It can explain to elementary, middle and high school pupils the basic elements of musical language in an immediate, engaging, fun and stimulating way. Thanks to its peculiar stage presence, it can make the pianola rollers exciting. He also has considerable potential as a theatrical and television character.