Building a Robot Lead Vocalist and producing first Album
Building a Robot Lead Vocalist and producing first Album
These Bots were made for Rockin and that's just what they'll do ! With your help... Compressorhead is going to do it.
These Bots were made for Rockin and that's just what they'll do ! With your help... Compressorhead is going to do it. Read more
Compressorhead is "The Robot Rock Band with a difference " We actually Rock ! and are 100% Robot. We want to produce an album so good , you won't believe it's Robot's performing.The next step of the challenge is to build the Vocalist ! We know we can do this with you on our side.
We built a Robot Rock Band, independent of any institutional or industrial funding.
We, being Frank, Markus and Stock, are fulltime artists. What we love, is to build party machines and mechanical madness. Now we want Compressorhead to be the first 100% Robot Band to record an original album.
We want to make this Album available as a FREE download for all.
The free Album download won't be available until 1-2 months after the hard copy release :)
Together with the Canadian music-legend John Wright (of NomeansNo & The Hanson Brothers) we are producing fantastic new songs which have got to be heard. You can see John in action as he joins in to rock with the bots.
Please note: Because of malfunction of the kickstarter page many people have problems to back our project since a few days. Please contact us (on the upper right of the page or on our homepage www.compressorhead.rocks) if you cannot choose a reward to support us. We will inform you when kickstarter fixed the bug.
We can't be a rock band without a lead singer.
That’s why we WANNA BE MORE, WANNA BE FOUR
We are building the Lead Vocalist to be the frontman of the band, it's got to perform like no other machine , it's got to have the moves,the looks and it's got to keep the show pumping.
You might get an idea of how it looks by watching our campaign video. Building and programming robots takes a lot of time and money, so does producing an album. This is why we need your help.
Some Record-labels are interested in funding an album made by robots, but certainly not in funding the construction of robots.
Any deal with a record-label would compromise our independence and artistic control.
Details of the project
The album will contain 14 songs that were exclusively composed to be performed by Compressorhead. John Wright (of NoMeansNo & The Hanson Brothers) wrote songs that can only be performed by the robots. No human drummer can play single hand rolls like Stickboy can. No human guitarist can play multiple riffs at the same time.
Frank: “John is the man for the job! Musically he is the master. I have grown up with his music. It’s such an honor that John is willing to work with us. The music he writes for us is so cool. It’s the best.”
John Wright: “We have to teach the robots the songs I have written. But we have to speak the language the Robots understand. Which is MIDI. The robots came to me to find the secrets of Rock’n Roll. Everything the robots do, they do on command. So you have to put all the nuance that a real musician - oh I should not say real musician - but a human musician, would do, on stage. And my job is to find the nuances in the performances that have been written for them. And then bring them all together as one unit.”
You might have already heard one of the songs. Speed Walking Lady is the song in the "Battle of the giants" video of John playing with the band in our studio in Berlin.
THE NEW SINGER ROBOT
We want to build a robot that sings and interacts with the audience! That’s why he will be constructed with special features for interaction with you. With his stainless steel tracked drive unit he will be as fast on the stage as any human.
THE MINDLINK WEB APP
We are going to build a “Mindlink Web App”, that connects you with the band and your favorite robots. With the App you will receive notification when the band becomes active. The robots “machine communication" will be sent to you and partly translated into human speech.
In the future we also plan to develop a Compressorhead cap or badge which automatically lights up where ever you are in the world whenever the bots plug in and perform.
This is how the MINDLINK App could look like:
Why do we need 290.000 Euro?
Here are the reasons why we need so much support.
1. Construction of the New Robot takes time and money
In order to produce a high performance machine you have to produce high quality parts. For us to finance a singer robot from gigs only, will simply take too long. Your support gives us time to design and build the robot to the standard we want.
2. Programming and teaching the robots.
Programming and teaching the robots to perform the new songs takes several months. Fine-tuning and calibration is an ongoing process. Especially after robots have been serviced and parts have been exchanged, programming has to be adjusted.
3. Recording an album with robots in a studio is different from recording an album with humans!
We can't bring the robots to the recording studio, we have to bring the studio to the robots! Generally recording studios do not own a forklift truck nor do they allow drilling of holes into the studio floors or do they appreciate a loud 11kw screw compressor in their hallway.
That means we have to rent the studio equipment for a month. We have to adapt the rooms to suite the sound and recording requirements. This is a huge logistical challenge which is not to be underestimated.
4. The Mindlink Web App to connect the robots with you, needs a lot of dedicated time from several programmers.
Programming the Web App needs time and money. We need: a further website, an application programming interface (API) between the robots machine data and the app, so that you see what they do when they are active.
Our project is special and so are some of the rewards. You can get cool stuff!
The Crowdfunding Supporter Shirt:
Example of a small body part from stickboy:
Risks and challenges
01 November 2015 to 05 December 2015 - The Kickstarter campaign will be in progress.
05 December 2015 to 12 December 2015 - Kickstarter will be processing payments from backers.
12 December 2015 - production will begin.
Late December First Rewards Supporter & Fan Shirt, Sticks and Cymbal will be sent out to backers and with all going well, you should get them by Christmas. Shipping will be through DHL. However it can be a slow service depending on your location.
Late July / Early August 2016 - CD/Vinyl will be sent out to backers.
Record Release Party September 2016
- Album is not finished on time for the planned release which is july 2016
- Delivery of the vinyl album may be delayed due to long production times of the vinyl pressing company.
- Singer robot is not finished until July 2016 so we can't do a live gig to promote the album.
- Backers will be informed constantly about progress of project via mail.
- the driving unit of the singer is ready to run, the remaining top half of the singer is to be designed and constructed.
- (34 days)