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Kiwi Musician’s Drum ’n Bass Playing Robots Go Viral

Robotic Drum Set
and Analog Bass
Robotic Drum Set and Analog Bass

Date: May 14, 2014

Kiwi Musician’s Drum ’n Bass Playing Robots Go Viral

A video uploaded by New Zealand artist KinetiX featuring an array of robots playing drums and percussion together with a set of analogue synthesizers has won international acclaim

Christchurch, New Zealand – May 14, 2014 – KinetiX (real name Jason Long) has found his most recent musical work entitled simply ’Robotic Drum Set and Analog Bass’ in the spotlight. It has gone viral, achieving over 100,000 views and has been covered by such esteemed international news outlets as The Huffington Post and Vice in just the first few days following its release on the 6th of May.

The video, which can be found at https://vimeo.com/93923609 is a drum ’n bass piece performed live using an automated drum kit and other percussion, playing together with a selection of rare vintage and new analogue synthesizers. All of the sound is generated and synchronised in real time.

The piece has been described as ”gnarly” by London Elektricity, and as an ”incredible [...] futuristic music video straight out of science fiction” by William Goodman of The Huffington Post. It is also being covered by several other news outlets such as CreateDigitalMusic and Wired among others.

The video is free to watch and download at the above URL, the accompanying sound track also being available to listen to at http://kxnz.bandcamp.com and to purchase in high-quality formats on a pay-what-youlike basis. The proceeds of these sales are going towards presenting and publishing a paper related to musical robotics research at the NIME 2014 conference in London.

With his first release in 2004 with Sulfurik Records in France, and subsequent releases with Kartel, Ammunition Recordings, Wayside, Homebass Communications and more, KinetiX has been producing and DJing electronic dance music internationally for over a decade.

Robotic Drum Set and Analog Bass from K X on Vimeo.


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