Eric Singer

A leading expert in the use of sensors and robotics in multimedia systems, Eric Singer is an engineer, programmer, roboticist and artist.

Eric Singer’s visit to the Institute is part of MIT Sounding, an innovative annual performance series that blurs the boundaries between contemporary and world music. The foundations for the MIT Sounding series were laid in Spring 2013 by Evan Ziporyn, Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, when he united sound and media artists across genres to present new music at the cutting edge to his class, “Music and Technology.”

The 2013 MIT Spring Sound Series is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

Eric Singer is the Founding Director of the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR), a group of artists and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. These mechanized acoustic instruments—striking sculptural artifacts—are controlled by computers to perform music with and by humans. Responsive and naturalistic, Singer’s instruments together form a mechanical ensemble of acoustic sounds. They have been featured in concerts around the world in collaboration with renowned composers and performers such as They Might Be Giants, Jim Thirlwell (Foetus), Morton Subotnick, George Lewis, Ikue Mori, Todd Reynolds, Ben Neill and others.

Eric Singer has over 20 years of experience in the areas of real-time systems, embedded processing, software/hardware integration, interactive and networked multimedia systems, and electronic musical instrument design.

More at the artist’s website: Eric Singer.



Artist Lecture and Demonstration
Course 21.M, “Music and Technology”
February 27, 2013 / 12:00pm

New York Times: 19th Century Concept, With a Few Upgrades

New York Magazine: Robot Master: Eric Singer

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Eric Singer’s Robotic Device Proves a Mechanical and Musical Success



Eric Singer. Credit: Elizabeth Keating.