Rock! Robot, Rock!

Year of composition
Keith Otis Edwards
Difficult (Grades 7+)
5 minutes
Rock and Pop Music
Instrumental parts
Not available

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 swinging 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!"

That is all.

The feature article of the September, 2006 issue of [i]Popular Science[/i] 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 read it here first!

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