Patrick Flanagan serves as the token human in cyborg percussion ensemble Jazari, which fuses African rhythms, algorithmic composition, sound synthesis, and electro-mechanics into Afro-baroque electro house. Jazari is influenced by funk, electronic dance music, jazz, academic computer music, and spectral composition. Equally influential is the technology itself. Jazari tracks grow from exploring of what is possible and idiomatic with custom percussion machines and software. Jazari has been featured on numerous tech blogs, has played at tech conferences, and has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered. Before diving into the robot band business, Flanagan studied composition and computer music and played jazz guitar.
To hear an extensive interview with Flanagan recorded in his studio that covers influences, how the machines work, and future mobile app projects, listen to Charlie McCarron’s Composer Quest podcast.