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Robot rock ‘n’ roll music is here!

Musician programs KUKA industrial robots to play five musical instruments.

September 15, 2017   by Canadian Packaging staff

Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news—robots can play music!

Musician Nigel Stanford has taken three re-purposed KUKA industrial robots lent to him and programmed them to play, for lack of a better term, ‘industrial’ music.

His skill as a programmer and musician belies the delicate touch the KUKA robots possess, showing that they are more than just a tool to lift pack products at a processing facility.

Stanford has created a robot band to perform his music, recording it as the album Automatica.


The robots are programmed by Stanford to play the bass guitar, drums, piano, synthesizer and the DJ table—scratching a record.

After receiving the robots from a company in Germany, Stanford placed them in his garage and spent four weeks just learning how to program them.

For the music video, he says he had to make three robots look like 16, which was done by combining separate shots into a larger scene.

The robots were programmed using Maya 3D modeling software with Robot Animator.

Look, listen and be amazed:

Previously, Stanford created the Solar Echoes album, but created a music video called Cymatics demonstrating the amazing properties sound plays on matter. View that video on Stanford’s website HERE.

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