Collecting robots on postcards – 7 – “Robots-Music”

The band known as “Robots-Music”

I have two interesting old French postcards in my collection which show a robot band. Thanks to YouTube, I have been able to find the film shown at the bottom of this entry, of the band playing in their last ever recorded concert when they reformed briefly in April 2007.

This is the text from the back of the black and white postcard:

Robots-Music black and white postcard“ROBOTS-MUSIC” Attraction sensationnelle de l’Exposition itinérante de la F.N.C.P.G. L’orchestre-robot à télécommande intégrale est composé de trois musiciens qui exécutent eux-mȇmes sur leurs instruments les partitions les plus variées, transmises par leur cerveau électronique. – Tous leurs mouvements sont automatiquement synchronisés. – Plusieurs années ont été nécessaires pour assurer la mise au point parfaite que vous avez admiré et que cette photo vous rappellera.

 

This is the text from the back of the colour postcard:

Robots-Music colour postcardL’orchestre robot à télécommande intégrale est composé de trois musiciens qui exécutent eux-mȇmes sur leurs instruments les partitions les plus variées, transmises par leur cerveau électronique. Tous leurs mouvements sont automatiquement synchronisés. Accordéoniste: 68 notes; saxophoniste: 48 notes dont trois octaves; batteur: tous les mouvements possibles et imaginables. Plusieurs années ont été nécessaires pour assurer la mise au point parfaite que vous avez admirée et que cette photo vous rappellera.

The following information has been put together from the YouTube page:

We are the robots! Oskar plays the accordion, Ernest plays the saxophone and Anatole is the drummer. Edouard R. Diomgar developed the idea for his robots while being held as a prisoner of war in a German camp. After his release he started work on this project. “Les Robots-music”, an electric/pneumatic machine, playing real instruments. The robots toured from 1958 to 1984, as the “Union of French Prisoners of War”, and could be seen in France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. They have a repertoire of about 500 songs. The rare piece of film below was shot at Museum fuer Kommunikation, Berlin, on 14th April, 2007, where they could be seen gigging for the first time in 23 years. I wonder where they are today?

The postcard backs:

Robots-Music black and white postcard - back

 

Robots-Music colour postcard - back

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