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Meet the world's first punk rock band made completely of robots

[July 15, 2021: Briony Edwards]

Credit: Kolja Kugler

Legend has it that if you give a monkey a typewriter, soon enough it it'll knock out the complete works of William Shakespeare. But what happens when you give a robot a guitar? Well, turns out it'll sprout a mohawk and go join a punk rock band.

Created by German artist Kolja Kugler, the robots behind The One Love Machine Band have been crafted completely of scrap metal and programmed with one mission: to rock out as hard as possible.

Programmed to play by themselves, Kugler quickly realised that punk rock was where their creative talents lay. Make of that what you will.

"When I build a band member I start obviously with the music-making parts," Kugler said. "The fingers, plugging or playing, and then I build the character behind it."


"The special thing about my robots is that they do actually play the music themselves. My robots play the bass guitar, the drum kit and they play the flute. They've got an affinity for punk rock.

The rest of their movements also let you know they really feel the notes as they play. Well, they’re programmed to look that way at least.

Their massive size and scrap metal bodies don’t exactly lend themselves to hitting the road with ease. It takes a lot of work to get them on stage in front of a live audience.

"My robots perform all around the world. Tech events, festivals, university lectures or TED Talks."

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