Introducing Z-Machines, The Japanese Robot Band Brought To You By Zima

Posted by on February 18, 2014


Alright, let’s try and explain this carefully. So, over at Tokyo University in Japan a new band has been put together. Literally put together. This band is called Z-Machines, a musical ensemble of robots brought to you by Zima. Yes, that Zima or “alcopop” or whatever the hell you want to call it. It’s not sold over here anymore obviously, but apparently it sells well enough in Japan that they can sponsor guitar playing Terminators. Obviously, because they are robots, someone needs to write the music and program them to play it. That role has been filled by a UK electronic musician known as Squarepusher, and the result is Music For Robots, an EP coming out April 8 on Warp Records. You can observe this ludicrous band for yourself in the video above for the song “Sad Robots Goes Funny.” What does a guitarist with 78 fingers and a drummer with 22 arms sound like? Things get really insane at around the 3:10 mark. And it’s a lot more technical than Compressorhead (not to mention an original song). I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

[via Gear Gods]

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