"It's more important than ever to have good robot vocal processing software," he explains. "Because once the Japanese build sentient robots that decide it would be best to destroy all humans, we better be able to negotiate in their native tongue."
Gitlin created the software several years ago and it's been used on several of his tracks, including "Run Amok," from Automate Everything (2005), and "A Dreary Flight Over the Datascape," from The Reprogramming Project (2008), as well as on an upcoming Kraftwerk cover EP he's working on with the Tickler. Now he's offering it as a free, open-source download as a way to give back to the electronic music community.
"I'm a firm believer in the open source movement," he reports. "[It's] a way to advance the state of technology, educate others and give people the building blocks to create their own new instruments or technologies. Open source collaboration is the future and embracing it will only make the world a more interesting and awesome place."
The software is written in ChucK, itself an open-source music-programming language maintained by a team of scientists at Princeton. You can download the code for Rob.Vox here and get started creating your own robot-vocal masterpieces, and Gitlin says people can feel free to contact him with any questions about the software. In the meantime, check out the video below for a demo of him tormenting Ryan Policky of A Shoreline Dream with it.