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I don’t know about the robots. As far as I can tell, Bellflower generates music manually. Whether acoustic or electric, the process is organic and as natural as can be found in a modern technological world.
Lead singer Natasha Wilson may be the prototype for the next generation of robotic vocalists. Her fluid yet powerful vocals would be hard to duplicate however, and appears to be beyond the current state of the art of robotics.
Band leader Franklin Bellflower donated his name to this project, over his own protests. Many years experience with a rootsy bluesy rock and roll matrix have perfected an earthy green guitar style that would certainly qualify for LEEDS Certification.
Chuck Morton plays keyboards by ear, but mostly he uses his fingers. With ten fingers available and 88 keys arrayed in traditional format, he lays down an old school rhythm that he has been doing for so long it came back into fashion. However the keyboard plays itself fairly well if you push the right buttons. Robotic progress continues.
Greg “Nuke” Bernucca holds down the bottom end playing bass as no robot would. His universal oneness suggests a soul no robot could possess.
Jeff Lindsay provides percussive thrust with emotion beyond robotic understanding. He exhibits a versatility and variety in rhythm, rhyme and reason beyond the programmatic controls of any Casio to date.
Bellflower gigs tend to grow organically and extemporaneously depending on who we see in the audience. Chapel Hill and Carrboro are so rich with talent who will willingly step up to a mic and do a thing. This is as it should be. Let’s see a robot do that!