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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Robot

Robots have been formally making “music” since at least the 18th century, with music boxes playing pre programmed sequences from metal cylinders. Even before that the Greeks were creating “automata”, mechanically automated machines that control sounds and motion. The first cuckoo clocks were invented during this period. All this is to say we have been trying to create automated or robot controlled music for sometime.

The music boxes became player pianos and then electronics made the automation even easier and we created synthesizer sequencers and rhythm machines. We are still using some of these machines. The legendary Roland TR-808, which debuted in 1980, and is still used on many popular songs today. There is a great article on the Roland TR-808 here. The 808 is name checked on hundreds of songs. Kanye put it in the title of one of his albums, Sir-Mix-Alot tells us the 808 kick drum makes the girlies get dumb and as AD Rock from the Beastie Boys said make no mistake nothin’ sounds quite like an 808.

With computerization, automated music creation is getting even more interesting, check out this amazing video showcasing the Festo Sound Machines robot controlled sound installation.

These machines “listen” to a melody, then autonomously create a new piece of music, riffing off each other and composing in real time. Wow.

This is from the website of the manufacturer of this technology, “Festo pursues the idea of developing decentralized, networked automation solutions for the factory of the future as overall systems with rules of behavior in accordance with the theory of evolution, which evolve autonomous group behavior patterns and independently make decisions that need not be directly influenced by a human operator.” The robots are coming for our creativity.

I hope you enjoy this months list of robot inspire tracks and remember 01001101 01101111 01110010 01100101 00100000 01101000 01110101 01101101 01100001 01101110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100001 01101110 00100000 01101000 01110101 01101101 01100001 01101110 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01101111 01110101 01110010 00100000 01101101 01101111 01110100 01110100 01101111

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