Last summer, a team of Japanese engineers constructed three robots, which inhibited some of the grandest possibilities of music exploration and execution. The Z Machines, as they are called, worked under the compositions of Kenjiro Matsuo, who - along with his team - invited the talents of numerous producers to assist in their efforts. One of note was famed UK producer Squarepusher.

Working with the machines - which posses abilities beyond human possibility (22 drums and 78 fingers on a guitar) - Squarepusher put together the magnificently manic 'Sad Robots Go Funny', a jarring jazzy masterstroke of precision craftsmanship.

With the possibilities to go further in line, Squarepusher and the team decided to go forward with the upcoming Music For Robots EP, which is set for release April 7th, and can be pre-ordered here.

On the work, Squarepusher noted; "“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.”

Watch the video for 'Sad Robots Go Funny' below from director Daito Manabe.

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