Banū Mūsā Music Automaton

Photo Credit: Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany


54 x 45 x 100 cm

54 x 45 x 50 cm

In the 9th century, the Banū Mūsā brothers in Baghdad wrote a treatise describing their “instrument which plays by itself.” The mechanisms they invented, became fundamental elements of many modern media arts and automation process. Liang Zhipeng reconstructed the Zurna music finger recorder and Zurna player with modern approach, based on the remaining film copy of a destroyed manuscript.

This is a work from the collaboration with Prof. Siegfried Zielinski and Prof. Alberto de Campo

Currently on display in Ars Electronica Center | AI X Music, Linz, Austria

Check out this BBC documentary “Revolutions: The Ideas that Changed the World“. Jim Al-Khalili and I talked more in detail about this piece. LINK

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 11.19.52 PMPhoto Credit: Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria