I’d really like to say that at Gear Gods we don’t discriminate based on creed, color, glasses, nu-metal, or prostheses, but I’ll admit to being kind of terrified of cyborgs. Maybe it was Superman III. But it might have been Robocop. Or it could have just been Cyborg. But many childhood nightmares involved them abducting me, cutting me up, and converting me into one of their own.


But this is something you need to see, so I need to get over it and do my job. Here’s the story. Jason Barnes is no ordinary drummer: he’s been augmented with a cybernetic drumming prosthesis that holds two sticks for maximum robotic rudiments. It swings. It sixteenth notes. It’s gears are completely terrifying.

Jason’s mechanical marching corps marvel was designed by GTCMT’s Robotic Musicianship Group. Do you have doubts as to the veracity of this visualized actualized android anatomical apparatus?  Let him prove it to you. Jason Barnes will be performing with with musicians from Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, Kennesaw State University Music Department, and Atlanta Institute of Music. The concert will be free at Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University on March 22nd.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.