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Rock, Robot! Rock!


Keith O. Edwards

 Genre: Swing

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I seem to be the only person left who likes certain odd genres of music. I like the balls-to-the-walls din of American circus music, and I like the cool sound of early-'60s caper movies. This piece is a soundtrack for an imaginary '60s sci-fi B-movie (with washed-out color) about robots vs. the go-go vixens.

The word robot was coined by Karel Capek for his 1920 play RUR, and for about a half-century afterward, robots were conceived of as anthropomorphic beings. Unfortunately, when real robots began appearing on assembly lines, they turned out to be nothing but hydraulic cylinders, solenoids, limit switches, hoses and couplings. Ugh! What the world really wants is the old anthropomorphic robots who speak in monotones. This music is an attempt to bring them back!

The scene is from the climax of the movie. The large, metallic robots have run amok and threaten to take over London! Fortunately, the vixens (all with pastel lipstick, excessive eye make-up, big hair, white leather mini skirts and go-go boots) save the day by teaching the robots how to rock! The movie causes a mod sensation, and a new dance craze, The Robot (use your imagination), takes over discotheques.

The Trinoids command that you dance to this music! At the conclusion, sing, "ROCK, ROBOT! ROCK! . . . ROCK, ROBOT! ROCK!"

The sheet music for this piece is available for a nominal fee at
my page at SibeliusMusic where you can also watch the music go by as the tune plays.

That is all.
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Uploaded: Sep 21, 2005 - 09:52:44 AM
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2006 - 10:22:54 PM Last Played: Jun 17, 2019 - 09:45:42 PM
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I.G.M. said 5019 days ago (September 22nd, 2005)
Like it a lot!
Funny composition, very well played with knowledge of harmonies, rhythmic stuff and dynamic. The only objection is: The sounds are not genuine. I know it`s sometimes hard to find the right sounds, but some of yours could be more authentic, I think. Overall a very good tune!


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scooter said 5019 days ago (September 22nd, 2005)
Sounds are cool man!
I thought the sounds were great on this. I think the
artificiality (is that even a word??)of them kind of goes
along with the whole robot theme.

Cool track man.
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Fidelity2 said 5001 days ago (October 10th, 2005)
Rock, Robot ! Rock !
This song is very good. It sounds very professional as if it was created for a soundtrack an it has a twist. I also wander if the instruments were played or if only loops were used. Again the twist (i.e. the variations) are quite interesting.
Keith O. Edwards said 4677 days ago (August 30th, 2006)
MacJams is Imitated!
The feature article of the September, 2006 issue of Popular Science has a history of robots which reads almost identical to my song description above -- so much so that a friend suggested that I sue them for plagiarism. "Wouldn't work," I replied. "Their magazine has no diminished fifths or ninth chords."

Still . . . remember, you saw it here first!

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Enrique Gil said 4621 days ago (October 26th, 2006)
is the music yours?
being a huge fan of Asimov and having read all the Robot series, (and
Foundation trilogy, etc) could not help but listen to your piece and
enjoyed it immensely. If by "not genuine sounds" somebody else meant
electronic....exactly! thats what Robots are all about. Think Positronic!
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