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You haven't lost your minds, nor are you blind – that is indeed four robots playing Black Sabbath better than the average high-school cover band
By IQ on 19 Aug 2016
Signing opportunity of the week?
Meet guitarist Fingers, bassist Bones and drummers Stickboy and Junior. Together they are Compressorhead: four robots who can play a pretty competent, if slightly out of time, cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’ and (if the Terminator franchise is anything to go by) could well be the death of us all.
Built from scrap metal by Berlin-based artists Frank Barnes, Markus Kolb and Stock Plum, Compressorhead move using electro-pneumatic motors and are controlled using MIDI sequencers.
Barnes, Kolb and Plum launched a Kickstarter campaign late last year to try and recruit the band a robotic lead singer, but fell short of their €290,000 funding goal.
Watch them in action in Moscow in the video above.
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