LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots is a group of artists and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology. The result is computer-controlled mechanized acoustic musical instruments which can perform music by and with human musicians.
LEMUR presents concerts around the world featuring their instruments, often in collaboration with renown composers and performers such as They Might Be Giants, Jim Thirlwell (Foetus), Morton Subotnick, George Lewis, Ikue Mori, Todd Reynolds, Ben Neill and others.
LEMUR creates interactive installations for museums and galleries featuring musical robots, computer-generated video and motion tracking to create an immersive sonic and visual experience.
LEMUR also creates instruments and installation by commission, including musical robots and unusual MIDI instruments and controllers.
LEMUR is based in Brooklyn, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. LEMUR has been supported by grants from the National Endownment for the Arts (NEA), the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Experimental Television Center and Materials for the Arts.
About Eric Singer
Eric Singer is a musician, artist, engineer and programmer and the Founder and Director of LEMUR. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis (Magna Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of new electronic musical instruments, interactive music and video systems, networked multimedia and robotics. He performs and lectures around the world with electronic musical instruments and teaches a wide range of art and technology subjects. He is known internationally for his software and hardware products for interactive art and music creation and is considered a leading expert in the use of sensors and robotics in music and art.
Singer is an accomplished who has toured and recorded with many bands on tenor, alto, and baritone saxes. He is also a founding member of the Brooklyn guerilla arts group The Madagascar Institute and contributed to many of the group's spectacular projects, including captaining their team on The Learning Channel's "Junkyard Wars." In 1998, he founded the New York region of the Burning Man Festival. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program.