Robot choir singing Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony in harmony is both cute and terrifying
20 May 2021, 12:05 | Updated: 20 May 2021, 13:02
When a choir of dulcet droids launched their singing careers with a mechanical take on the ‘Ode to Joy’.
Except, this maestro is of the android persuasion. And the choir is made up of 14 melodious machines, all named ‘Pepper’.
The video, filmed in 2016, shows 14 robots singing alongside two humans to produce a surprisingly tuneful ‘Ode to Joy’.
Four robots sing soprano and four sing bass, while the six altos and tenors are each joined by a human to bolster those inner harmonies.
The choir is called the ‘Mirai Capsule’ – ‘mirai’ meaning ‘future’ in Japanese.
The clip has been viewed several thousand times on Facebook and YouTube, and people are more than a little divided over the sound.
One Facebook user commented: “It sounds like when I go into the toy isle and push all the buttons on the talking toys.”
The robots are humanoid creations by the Tokyo-based SoftBank Mobile and Aldebaran Robotics (now SoftBank Robotics Corp) and they were designed with the ability to read emotions.
Each bot is controlled through a computer that is programmed to identify different singing parts.
Perhaps for the choir’s next opus – the ‘Pie Jesu’ by Android Lloyd Webber? We’ll see ourselves out…