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Robot Music  
  Music created and performed entirely by robots.  

As far as I know, the earliest use of this phrase in science fiction.

Festival of the robots. The rocky amphitheatre was lighted now — a great red glare of swaying light from a funnel to one side. And the weird pseudo-factory again was in operation. From this angle the interior of one of its huge sheds was visible. Motley conglomeration of machinery! There was a great clanking upright engine of treadles, winches and a swaying crane. Eccentric cams clattered on another giant metal contrivance, powered by the engine with an intricate system of gears and belts between them. Monstrous fly heels whirled. Pulleys and chains hoisted and dropped huge weights with rhythmic banging thuds.

A cacophony of stentorious metal sounds. Raucous shrieks of electronic sirens reverberated out into the rocky darkness. A pandemonium clangor, clanking, jangling — robot music, all in full blast now for this festival of the machines.

Technovelgy from The Robot God, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Weird Tales in 1941
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Compare to the mechanical tune-maker (1954) from The Last of the Masters by Philip K. Dick.

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