Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Video with Native Instruments' Mostly Robot Ensemble
- Words: Glenn Jackson
This year's Sónar festival brought no shortage of progressive electronic music to the picturesque coastal city of Barcelona, and in that spirit, the Berlin software/hardware manufacturers at Native Instruments put together a five-piece "supergroup" of an ensemble for a one-off performance (though it has since booked further gigs), calling the outfit Mostly Robot. In this behind-the-scenes video, we get a glimpse of the gear which brought the crew (the ranks of which includes Jamie Lidell and Tim Exile) together, along with a few bits of its Sónar performance. Sure, the band is pretty much a living, working NI promotional tool, but the video nonetheless offers an opportunity to nerd out on the various controllers the group utilized for its show, even pulling off an impressive live version of "Windowlicker." From Lidell's erratic vocal manipulations to Exile's too-many-knobs-to-count, double-decker table of gear, to DJ Shiftee's digital tables and Jeremy Ellis' finger-drumming weapons, there's something for everyone to geek out on, and—who knows—maybe learn a thing or two along the way.
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