In a bit of surprising news today, Warp has announced a new release arriving soon from label mainstay Squarepusher (a.k.a. Tom Jenkinson), an EP of collaborative pieces composed by the veteran artist and performed by a group of Japanese robots called Z-Machines. The five-song Music for Robots EP is a project which started back in summer of 2013, when Jenkinson was approached by a team of Japanese roboticists and producer Kenjiro Matsuo to write music for their three creations, which resulted in the piece "Sad Robots Go Funny." After completing the song, all of the parties involved felt that there were more ideas and territory to be explored, so more music was written and recorded. The process, as a press release states, included "an intense four weeks of composing, then two more months of transferring and adapting data, various technical hurdles, and the eventual recording of Music For Robots."
Squarepusher says of his latest project, "In this project, the main question I've tried to answer is 'Can these robots play music that is emotionally engaging?'" We can find out if he succeeded or not when Music for Robots is released on April 8. Ahead of its arrival, the EP's artwork and tracklist can be found below, where a video for "Sad Robots Go Funny"—the collaboration's first finished song—can also be found.
01. Remote Amber
02. Sad Robot Goes Funny
03. World Three
05. You Endless