A new band called Z-Machines will be releasing an album through Warp Records soon, comprised of a robot guitarist with 78 fingers and a robot
drummer with 22 arms.
Now, I'm not someone who is automatically interested in music or technology purely based on its complexity, but the music itself is very subtle and
not exactly Van Halen (thank gahd haha), but don't take my word for it!
Started out ok, but then.. Wow, that sounded like total crap! 72 fingers is overkill and it still couldn't produce a good song. Just can't replace
humans when it comes to art/music. Thanks for sharing anyway!
Lol @ you guys. That sounded awesome. My guess is your rock ears aren't used to the polyrhythms and intervals. I heard lots of 7th chords and
Eruption?!? Really?!? Listen to the solo section again. John petrucci would've proud to claim that solo as his.
My only criticism is the lack of vibrato. That's the secret to "feeling it"
Once they get a robot that can master all the subtle nuances of vibrato then ill never pick up a guitar again. Until then....
Sounded a bit like Eno, Fripp or Buckethead. If you don't like (or are unfamiliar with,) Avant-garde music, I can see why you'd say it was terrible,
but within that genre, it was actually pretty good.
We had a bit on the show a couple of weeks about about how 1/2 of all jobs will be automated by 2050, and Dave and a couple of people in chat said
"you'll never replace artists!" but it's just a matter of time before they do. There are already robot painters that do amazing work, and this guitar
robot is another example... give them 30 years, and there won't be any human guitar players, apart from hobbyists.
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Technology only improves with age. So I wouldn't be surprised if it gets to the point where human vocalists are the only part of the band. They
write the song and hire someone to program the robots to play the music. Technology will eventually replace a lot of things we take for granted. Who
would have foreseen 50 years ago how today's technology would have encompassed our daily lives, and how it has replaced some jobs once done by
Horrible music. And if you can't play guitar and make it sound like you've got 72 fingers, you're not doing it right. The thing should sing, but what
the 72 finger robot doesn't know is that the silences are as or more important than the sounds. And it can't improvise when the mood hits, the
balancing of the sound with the air itself, the teamwork involved in playing in-between someone elses riffs.
And a drumming robot? Ha. Make way for THE drummingrobot, and the fastest drumming in the world. If you don't want to watch it all, start around 2:30
and coast to he starts kicking it in at 3:30. I think I may have seen him play faster in person once, because I saw the master, Buddy Rich, start the
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This is not the only song these robots play (yes robots as there is a drummer and bassist aswell.
There are plenty other songs that they do that are more metalish.
This was a jazz tune and yes 99.99% of all jazz sounds like # just like this.
PS-It is another form (identical) of sequencing-midi. I use midi-sequencing to play other pre-recorded tracks I do 1st...and then overdub the guitar
or other parts as it plays.
As such...this track is mediocre at best as a sequenced piece. Some are absolutely amazing. Thank you tho for this!
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I would say it is robotics using midi instructions, or rather digital instructions to play the real instruments, to make a real analogue sound. A kind
of reverse logic. The problem here, is that the result is worse than MIDI, since there are little in the way of the dynamics available in stringed
instruments, except a bit of muting and tone colours, even the plecs used look all the same and who, even in a multitude, uses the same plec? At least
MIDI attempts user dynamics badly. So MIDI may have it's uses, I'm not sure of the point here. May as well build a car.
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