Japanese Z-Machines Making Music For Robots album, not people?

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Japanese Z-Machines Making Music For Robots album, not people?Japanese robots called Z-Machines are making an album called “Music For Robots”, a five-song affair. A 22-armed drummer, a 78-fingered guitarist, and a bass player with a whole lot of extra appendages also comprise the band. They play a jazz-fusion style, as far as I can tell.

Now, why are these Japanese Z-Machines dubbing the album “Music For Robots”, and not something about Robots making music for people. I guess in a way it is an album for robots, as robotics engineers will be listening most keenly. The British record label Warp Records will unleash the album in April. (Just an aside: I haven’t seen any robots spending money about town, have you?)

Squarepusher, who are the band’s creators had this to say: “In this project familiar instruments are used in ways which till now have been impossible.” Speaking on the robots’s challenges vs. capabilties: “The robot guitar player, for example, can play much faster than a human ever could, but there is no amplitude control.”

With professional involvement in music, I personally would have liked to have heard a screaming guitar solo with some wah-wah pedal and distortion on it with a hard rock feel. There is no mention if the ‘bots stretch out on the other tracks and play other styles.

The future is surely now. Then again, philosophy has always said as much, anyhow.

Rich Casale

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