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Building a “Robot Friend”

From computers, keyboards, phones, printers, fax machines ...

“Robot Friend” opens like an early-Internet take on Pink Floyd’s “Money”: the beat is made of known, non-musical content. In place of the cash register, though, there is, foremost, the halcyon squelch of an ISP/fax handshake. According to the track’s composer/performer, Johnny Ripper, “everything in this song is made from recordings of electronic tools – computers, keyboards, phones, printers, fax machines, televisions, disk drives etc.” The result is a slow yet toe-tapping pleasure, one whose familiar verse/chorus near-monotony gains purpose thanks to its basis in everyday mechanisms.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/johnny_ripper. More from Johnny Ripper, who’s based in Montréal, Canada, at twitter.com/johnny_ripper.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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