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Music for Robots - just not quite as Ralf and Florian might have envisaged
, 8 April 2014
This review is from: Music For Robots (Audio CD)
Music for Robots is a 23 minute, 5 song EP composed and produced by Tom Jenkinson but PERFORMED by robots.
Whilst I myself was initially sceptical that the "robots" were in fact Jenkinson himself, this is most definitely not the case. The credits show that a whole host of others were involved with the Z-Machines project.
The result is not the expected Kraftwerkian blips and boings, but acoustic-sounding music - somewhere between avant-garde jazz and modern classical. Okay so this is perhaps not up there with Squarepusher's very best - though it has its moments, particularly (for me) with "Sad Robot Goes Funny" and "You Endless" - but that is not the point. This truly is experimental music and the fact that it is played by robots is nothing short of miraculous in my book.
The CD edition of this EP is a Japanese import which has been made available in the UK and is packaged in a gatefold card outer sleeve with a poly inner - a very nice edition.
Overall, the question is, where does it all go from here - robot orchestras? Lead guitar solos played by robots with extra fingers? Music that it would be impossible for a human to play?
The Musician's Union's ultimately misplaced alarm at 1980's synth-pop is well documented. This time, the musicians may well have something to worry about.
Literally makes Daft Punk look like pretenders. Pioneering.
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