robotcowboy project

robotcowboy is a wearable computing platform to explore new types of man-machine music & artistic performance. Embedded computing, custom open-source software, and audio electronics are utilized to build portable, self contained systems which both embed and embody the computation on the performer. This cyborg approach is both empowering and compromising as new sonic capability & movement are offset by the need for electrical energy: elements of tension between human and system. robotcowboy shows are always live and contain aspects of improvisation, feedback with the audience, and an inherent capability of failure.

robotcowboy's first 2006-2007 incarnation melded rock with realtime algorithmic composition tools into a dynamic live show. The second incarnation followed the story of the first human on Mars with spacesuit as portable music machine in 2013. The ongoing third incarnation explores themes of trajectories, radiation, and space travel. The future is bright, do you have room to wiggle?

For details, see the "robotcowboy: 10 Years of Wearable Computer Rock" paper from NIME'18.

This site is finally being overhauled as of Summer 2022.

Some interim media for now...


Nov 19th 2022 @ Østre as part of the Piksel 22 open-source art festival, Bergen DE

Aug 14th 2022 @ Wandern mit dem Kopf exhibition opening, Fleischmarkthalle in the Alte Schlachthof, Karlsruhe DE (special performance: "Experiments in Energy")

Aug 6th 2022 @ KAMUNA, ZKM vorplatz, Karlsruhe DE

Apr 30th 2022 @ Yasha's, Karlsruhe DE (live album & video)

Jan 6th 2022 @ Tag der offenen Tür | Open House, ZKM, Karlsruhe DE (livestream video replay)

Aug 28th 2021 @ A-dela? | Is it working? festival, CD Club, Ljubljana SL (livestream from ZKM)

Sep 8th 2018 @ exhibition closing, Jubez vorplatz, Karlsruhe DE

Jun 7th 2018 @ NIME 2018, Blacksburg VA

May 18th 2018 @ KV Letschenbach, (Durlach) Karlsruhe DE

Nov 25th 2017 @ the Giga-Hertz 2017 afterparty, ZKM, Karlsruhe DE

Nov 17th-20th 2016 @ PdCon16~, New York City

Oct 7th 2016 @ AutumnLEAF 2016, Lafayette CO w/ Oynx Ashanti, SUE-C, & Normal Ones

June 19th 2015 @ Mars New Year Celebration, Mars PA


Onward to Mars

Cabled Madness

by danomatika