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Boomkat Product Review:
*CD is packaged in a Japanese import gatefold wallet with obi strip and Japanese liner notes* ‘Music For Robots’ is a five track mini album composed by Squarepusher and performed by the three robots that comprise the Z-Machines. In 2013, a team of Japanese roboticists were assembled with the challenge of creating a music-performing system that was beyond the capabilities of the most advanced musicians - Z-Machines were the result. The roboticists’ music producer - Kenjiro Matsuo - and his team invited a number of Japanese composers, as well as Squarepusher, to develop music specifically for the project. The opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities of a guitarist with 78 fingers and a drummer with 22 arms was a temptation impossible to ignore. The resulting ‘Sad Robots Goes Funny’ was a poignant and highly praised piece. A video for the track was produced by awardwinning director Daito Manabe. Squarepusher approached Matsuo-san with a view to further investigate the possibilities of the collaboration. This led to additional pieces being created, involving an intense four weeks of composing and then two more months of transferring and adapting data, various technical hurdles and the eventual recording of ‘Music For Robots’."