Pretty much anything can be turned into a musical instrument these days, and Germany’s iconic electronic group Kraftwerk is a popular go-to for the robotization of musical harmonization. So when Italian DJ/sound artist Giuseppe Acito needed a new song for his LEGO-built Toa Mata Band, what better choice than Kraftwerk’s 1978 hit song “The Robots”.
When speaking on his inspiration for the piece, Acito recalled his first exposure to Kraftwerk on TV in 1978. “For me it was a dazzling discovery, one that has changed my life,” he recalled. “I went into my room, took a tape and recorded the audio from the tv speaker! I still keep that precious recording and I’ve played it again and again for a long time.”
Acito had been waiting for the day when one could make a functioning robotic band, and that reality has definitely arrived in recent years. For this Italian DJ though, the creation of this robotic band and the take on Kraftwerk’s “The Robot”, it is more than just a “hey, look what I can do” accomplishment.
“Nowdays a lot of music robots around the world are growing up, giving new ideas and creative communication to the music,” Acito says. “This is my inspiration to this Kraftwerk’s tribute, regarding their vision of the future and to their brilliant approaching [sic] to the music with a touch of irony that even now is still influencing a thousand of music producers around the world.”
And a wonderful tribute it is! Want to know how a room of German students dressed as cardboard robots would tackle the same song? View our previous writeup here!