Footage emerges of Damon Albarn playing gig for robots – watch

The performance took place in Japan earlier this year

Footage has emerged of Damon Albarn performing for a crowd that included robots earlier this year in Japan.

Click above to watch the Blur frontman playing 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®, for 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.”

Damon Albarn will play a one-off London gig at the Royal Albert Hall on November 15. As well as his band The Heavy Seas, Albarn promises “very special guests” will join him for the gig.

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