Watch “Trio Fantastique” An Awesome Robot Band From 1954
The “Trio Fantastique”, was created by Zenon Specht an unorthodox scientist and engineer.
He even gave names to the three robots, Blink was the drummer, Nod was jamming on the saxophone and finally Wink was the lead guitarist. They even toured between 1954 and 1959 playing local fairs and pulling in crowds at department stores. But they really shot to fame as the house band for Antwerp”s famous “Robot Club”
But did they “really” play their instruments?
In truth they did, each robot musician hooked up to a piano roll. Think of it as a very very primitive form of programming. These rolls of paper had holes punched into them, with each perforation representing a specific note. A tracker bar would then read these holes, triggering a musical note on the instrument.
The precursor to Chuck E. Cheese”s Band perhaps?
In the 1950s, long before Daft Punk”s electronic melodies, an entirely different robot band was making headlines