Squarepusher Teams Up With Robots

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Technology could - one day - replace us all.

The march of machinery is presenting new options, which are changing the way we interact, the way we create music.

Squarepusher has always been an early adopter of these ideas, and has now decided to team up with Japanese artist Kenjiro Matsuo.

Matsuo has created a number of extravagant machines, who have tackled a new composition crafted by Squarepusher. Using a guitarist with 78 fingers and a drummer with 22 arms, the Warp producer has entered new territory for the 'Music For Robots' EP.

Squarepusher: "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."

Check out 'Z-Machines' below.

'Music For Robots' is set to be released on April 7th.

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