Wait -- That Wasn't Metal: A Robotic Bass Guitar

November 5, 2012


That wasn't metal -- see what I did there? Because metal is what robots are usually made out of but it's also a genre of music. I'm a smart cookie. "You are a dumb biscuit." Hey -- sticks and stones may break my bones but *WHACK!* now both your legs are broken. This is a video of the robotic bass guitar built by reader James McVay as his fourth year honor's project playing Coldplay's 'Clocks'. Each horizontal segment plays a different string and has a little slider to make it play the proper note. Me? I'm tone deaf. One time the music teacher in high school asked me to sing a b-flat and I was all, "I'd b-flat if I didn't have these man-titties!" I actually got detention for that.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks James, I'm not sure how I feel about you pursing a career in robotics, but I guess if you're dead-set on being mortal enemies we can do that.

  • ZomBBombeR

    Well GW he'll have you as an enemy for making robots and me for programming them to play fucking coldplay! My poor poor ears, you know how bad I wanted to see that thing do something cool but knowing all along it wouldn't happen after reading the title of the video and seeing coldplay, seriously dude find a better band to emulate robotically.

  • cabbo

    It sounds like they didn't account for the amount of time it takes for the pick to reach the string. This thing lags behind the beat horribly.

  • Eric Singer
  • Bob Thayer

    Too bad it wasn't programmed to play something a tad more exciting. Thin Lizzy, The Who, Beatles... SOMETHING more than 80 bars of thud thud thud thud thud thud thud.

  • mingya

    That thing is a sh*tty bass player. Perfect for Coldplay

  • Wow coldplay's bassist sure has a boring role...

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