When we were asked to create a soundscape for the Science Museum’s Robots exhibition, we got really excited about the idea of creating something for the entire space which was itself robotic; whose musical behavior was algorithmic as well as scripted. In other words, we envisioned the soundscape as a series of complementary musical machines each of which would generate their own unique soundscape according to certain parameters; a ‘musical robot’ in its own right that would help animate the narratives and space of the exhibition.
We were given recording access to some amazing robots and machines, sourced recordings of others through archives and also designed and programmed our own interpretations where necessary. All of these elements underpin the main themes of the exhibition: Marvel, Obey, Dream, Build, Imagine and Embodied Intelligence.
This album compiles a selection of excerpts from across the whole soundscape both as a kind of mnemonic through which you can relive the experience of visiting the exhibition and as a document of this unique collection, charting humanity’s incredible 500 year journey of creating humanoid robots.
released February 8, 2017
Composed by: Sam Britton and Will Worsley
Recording engineer: Aaron May
Programmed and mixed at Coda to Coda
Sound Supervisor: Tanya Auclair
Research advisor: Patrick Bergel
Thanks to: Anne Prugnon; Alex Bonney (Tron Cherry); Richard Horton, Master of Clocks at The Science Museum; Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester