Compressorhead is a robotic band that really kicks out the jams - listen up.
The band is the project of Berlin-based artists Frank Barnes and Markus Kolb, and electronics engineer Stock Plum, with some help from another, Sydney-based, engineer called Miles van Dorssen. It has taken the best part of a decade to get to the band’s current six-member line-up. Since 2013’s Ace of Spades video, a second guitarist, “Hellgå Tarr”, and singer, Mega Wattson, have been added, creating a fuller and more complex sound.
Science fiction fans have enjoyed an equally musical, if quieter and more classical, version of robotics. Consider the robot pianist from Virtuoso (1953) by Herbert Goldstone.
The light over the music rack was an eerie island in the brown shadows of the studio. Rollo sat at the keyboard, prim, inhuman, rigid, twin lenses focused somewhere off into the shadows.
The massive feet working the pedals, arms and hands flashing and glinting - they were living entities, separate, somehow, from the machined perfection of his body.
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