#New #Music #Video – ‘Music for Robots’ from Squarepusher on @WarpRecords

78-finger Guitar, 22 Drums, Beyond-Human.

Squarepusher and robot band from Japan in Music of the Future collaboration.

Referred to as “an attempt to break new ground for emotional machine music” by its composer Squarepusher, “Sad Robot Goes Funny” features the superhuman prowess of Z-MACHINES, showcasing in particular the stupendous chops of the guitarist playing multiple melody lines with 78 fingers and 12 picks at lightning speed in the latter half of the song. This makes it a truly groundbreaking piece of music from Squarepusher to open the way for new music of the future.

MACH -Robot guitarist challenging the speed of over BPM1000

ASHURA -Robot drummer that can play the most complex rhythm on 22 drums

COSMO -Robot keyboard player resembling a future life form

movie director : Daito Manabe of Rhizomatiks

‘Music For Robots’ will be released 7th April 2014 via Warp Records, for more information head to http://bit.ly/1j4m4lm

Squarepusher Z machines Zima Music for Robots album ep warp records

From the release:

In the Summer of 2013, a team of young Japanese roboticists was assembled with the challenge of creating a music-performing system that was beyond the capabilities of even the most advanced musicians. The three robots that comprise Z-Machines were the result. The roboticist’s musical producer, Kenjiro Matsuo, and his team, invited a number of Japanese composers to develop music specifically for the project. An invitation was also extended to Squarepusher, who was intrigued by the idea to say the least.

The opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities of a guitarist with 78 fingers and a drummer with 22 arms was a temptation impossible to ignore. The resulting “Sad Robots Go Funny” was a poignant and highly praised piece, composed and produced by Squarepusher and performed by Z-Machines. The video produced by award winning director, Daito Manabe, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/VkUq4sO4LQM

The rapport that developed between Squarepusher and the team led to a lingering feeling that the project still had unexplored potential. Squarepusher approached Matsuo-san with a view to further investigating the possibilities of the collaboration. This led to additional pieces being created, involving an intense four weeks of composing, then two more months of transferring and adapting data, various technical hurdles and the eventual recording of Music For Robots.

Squarepusher on the EP:
“In this project the main question I’ve tried to answer is ‘can these robots play music that is emotionally engaging?’ I have long admired the player piano works of Conlon Nancarrow and Gyorgy Ligeti. Part of the appeal of that music has to do with hearing a familiar instrument being ‘played’ in an unfamiliar fashion. For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar. I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting.”

“Each of the robotic devices involved in the performance of this music has its own specification which permits certain possibilities and excludes others – the robot guitar player for example can play much faster than a human ever could, but there is no amplitude control. In the same way that you do when you write music for a human performer, these attributes have to be borne in mind – and a particular range of musical possibilities corresponds to those attributes. Consequently, in this project familiar instruments are used in ways which till now have been impossible.”

Tracklisting
01. Remote Amber
02. Sad Robot Goes Funny
03. World Three
04. Dissolver
05. You Endless