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Watch Robots Make A Banging Drum 'n Bass Track

The "Amen Break" is finally getting sampled without a DJ even ripping it.

About a month ago, we shared a Alex Allmont's project, Play House, an giant lego installation that mechanically computed and played acid house tracks. But legos are for kids, and acid house is meek in comparson to the full-on, face-crushing rhythm of drum 'n bass (that's a personal opinion and a highly debatable one at that). Therefore, "Robotic Drum Set and Analog Bass" is possibly the logical conclusion of The Winston's "Amen Break," the track that spawned the DnB subgenre.


Designed by musician KinetiX, the track is performed through an automated drum kit, played alongside a variety of synthesizers both new and old, including a Roland System 100m, Roland System 700, Doepfer System, and three others. The synths were channeled through a main rack mixer while the robotic percussion was recorded by microphones.

While a swath of electronic music sounds like it was made by machines for machines, there's always something a little upsetting seeing dance music actually get made, sans-DJ or producer. Hey, at least we know someone had to program this equipment. But still, what would Goldie say about this??

See KinetiX's Bandcamp, where you can find the robo-track in high-quality formats on a pay-what-you-like basis. All proceeds will go towards supporting a trip to London to present a paper about musical robotics at NIME 2014.

h/t Prosthetic Knowledge


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