Warp legend works with actual, genuine robots...
'Music For Robots' packshot

Electronic music has always been intrinsically bound with technology - the clue is in the name, obviously.

But Warp producer Squarepusher recently went one further and recorded an EP with actual, genuine Japanese robots.

'Music For Robots' is an intriguing diversion for Tom Jenkinson, typically throwing himself head first into new tech developments. A clip demonstrating the process has emerged online, and it's a fascinating watch.

Sure it's short, but where else will you see a Warp producer jamming with robots?

Need some explanation? Tom Jenkinson says: "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."

'Music For Robots' will be given a full 12 inch vinyl release on May 19th.

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