The Blur frontman played to two androids at the National Museum Of Emerging Science And Innovation
Damon Albarn performed for a crowd that included robots at a show last week in Japan.
The Blur frontman played an intimate gig at Japan’s National Museum Of Emerging Science And Innovation to a small crowd of 50, which included two robots – the “lifelike” female Otonaroid® and the “more abstract” Telenoid® – reports The Creators Project.
The short set saw Albarn performing the title track from his debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ as well as ‘Hollow Ponds’ and Blur’s ‘Strange News From Another Star’ and ‘Out of Time’. According to The Creators Project, Otonaroid® “moved her body in time with Albarn’s performance. She hummed along to the lyrics, and her expressions seemed to change when the melody would take a sad turn or during uptempo parts of the songs.”
Damon Albarn commented: “It was interesting performing alongside the androids. While they definitely look artificial up close, when seen at a distance they look like normal people. They’re fake, but they’re also real. I mean, they’re definitely there. But, I don’t think the fact that robots are completely alien will ever change. So in that sense technology is perhaps a bit melancholic.”
Albarn recently revealed that he has begun writing a West End musical, after previously penning the operas ‘Dr Dee: An English Opera’ and ‘Monkey: Journey To The West’.
The singer was joined onstage by his Blur bandmate Graham Coxon during his Latitude headline set earlier this month in Suffolk, bringing out the guitarist for an encore of ‘Tender’. Earlier this year, Albarn said that Blur will definitely perform live again in the future. He dispelled rumours that the band have played their final shows, telling NME they would be “mad” to never perform together again. “Everything is good between us all. I’m sure we’ll play again at some point,” he said. “It’d be mad to go the rest of our life and never play any of those songs again.”