Saturday, February 17, 2007

Further Proof the Machines are Taking Over

Remko Scha is a professor of computational linguistics at the faculty of humanities and Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam. He is also heavily involved with The Institute of Artificial Art in Amsterdam, which is an independent organisation consisting of machines, computers, algorithms and human persons, who work together toward the complete automatization of art production.

Machine Guitars is an automatic electric guitar band, consisting of electric fans, drills and sabre saws. As much an art installation as a musical performance, the machines have "performed" in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Berlin, New York and San Francisco. Produced in collaboration with Van Lagestein.

What does it sound like? Minimalist drooooone, sure. Steve Reich as imagined by Glenn Branca...yep, 'cept oddly enough, more humane than that...strange coming from a bunch of machines.

Remko Scha - Machine Guitars

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