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Sad Machine
Song title
"Sad Machine"
Uploaded May 12, 2014, with 7,290,000+ (SC); 6,789,000+ (YT) views
Singer(s)
AVANNA, Porter Robinson
Producer(s)
Porter Robinson (music, lyrics)
Links
SoundCloud Broadcast

BackgroundEdit

I wanted something that felt distantly sad, a little cute, surreal, hopeful, and maybe somehow evocative of fiction?
 
— Porter Robinson, FADER[1]

"Sad Machine" is the second single and second song on Porter Robinson's album Worlds, released by the label Astralwerks. It features a duet between him (marking his vocal debut) and the Vocaloid AVANNA, making "Sad Machine" one of the first times a notable producer outside the Vocaloid community used a Vocaloid for more than just sound effects. Robinson based the song off the idea of a duet between a lonely robot girl and a human boy who finds her.[1] The song was the last one written for the album, the release date of which was announced by newsletter subsequent to the song's release.[2]

"Sad Machine" received mostly positive reviews from the media. Dancing Astronaut summed up the track as "a mirthful indie dance song with a fantastical atmosphere", claiming that "by the time the fleeting arps and pads descend into silence, we’re left breathless and starry-eyed by the beauty of the composition.".[3] LessThan3 described it as "a soft, dreamy affair".[4] Daily Beat felt the single was overhyped and couldn't live up to the unreal expectations surrounding it, but nevertheless arrived at the conclusion that "Sad Machine is a beautiful tune, with a simplistic catchy drop and includes cool/eery vocaloid generated vocals."[5]

In a podcast, Porter Robinson described his intention with AVANNA as being to try to make her sound as robotic as possible, using Melodyne and other editing techniques.[6]

On May 27, 2014, the SoundCloud upload of "Sad Machine" reached one million views. It was the first original song prominently featuring an English-language Vocaloid, on any media host, to achieve the feat.

Succeeding versionsEdit

Sad Machine (Lyric Video)
Featuring AVANNA, Porter Robinson
Author(s) PorterRobinsonVEVO
Category Lyric video
ANAMANAGUCHI Remix
Featuring AVANNA, Porter
Author(s) ANAMANAGUCHI
Category Remix

LyricsEdit

Singer + Color
Porter Orange
AVANNA Green
Both Black

Is anyone there?
Oh, hi!



Who survived? Somebody new?
Anyone else but you
On a lonely night, was a blinding light
A hundred leaders would be borne of you

And though I know, since you’ve awakened her again
She depends on you, she depends on you!
She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
We depend on you, we depend on you!

And though I know, since you’ve awakened her again
She depends on you, she depends on you!
She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
We depend on you, we depend on you!



Hi!



I don’t know much about your life beyond these walls
The fleeting sense of love within these God-forsaken halls
And you can hear it in his voice, in every call
This girl who's slept a hundred years had something after all



And though I know since you’ve awakened her again
She depends on you, she depends on you!
I'll go alone, and never speak of you again
We depend on you, we depend on you

And though I know, since you've awakened her again
She depends on you, she depends on you
She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
We depend on you, we depend on you

And though I know, since you've awakened her again
She depends on you, she depends on you
She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
We depend on you, we depend—I depend on you



Hi!

DerivativesEdit

dj-Jo Remix ft Miku
Featuring Hatsune Miku V3 English, dj-Jo
Author(s) dj-Jo
Category VOCALOID cover; Remix
OLIVER's acapella cover
Featuring OLIVER
Author(s) Fran afee
Category VOCALOID cover

Sad Machine (Didrick & Ember Island Cover)
Featuring Ember Island
Author(s) Didrick
Category Arrangement/Cover

Cecconi14's cover
Featuring AVANNA, Porter
Author(s) Cecconi14
Category Piano cover
Amyte's cover
Author(s) Amyte
Category Piano cover
Sunroof TV's cover
Author(s) Sunroof TV
Category Piano cover
Boney's live cover
Featuring Alexander Bone (Sax, Keyboards, EWI, Synths),

Kieran Johnson (Drums), Ed Lancaster (Bass)

Author(s) Alexander Bone
Category Live band cover
Omlet Remix (Happy Machine)
Author(s) Omlet
Category Instrumental remix
Sad Machine/Porter Robinson [Music Box]
Author(s) R3 Music Box
Category Music box midi


Nightcore Sad Machine
Featuring AVANNA, Porter
Author(s) Roshi Nightcore
Category Nightcore mix
Mitscher P's Orchestra cover
Author(s) Mitscher P
Category Orchestra


Sushi Killer Bootleg
Featuring AVANNA, Porter (partial)
Author(s) Sushi Killer
Category Chip tune remix
Apex Remix
Featuring AVANNA, Porter (partial)
Author(s) TheOfficialApex
Category Remix
Shinigami Remix
Featuring AVANNA, Porter (partial)
Author(s) DJ Shinigami
Category Remix
8bit version
Author(s) pΔq (aka. Sdse211295)
Category 8bit Instrumental

Other media appearancesEdit

ConcertsEdit

This song has been featured in the "Porter Robinson - Worlds Tour" since August 2014, from North America to Europe.[7]

MediaEdit

This song has been added to the track listings at various Starbucks Coffee locations.[8] And it made a television debut in September 2014 on the season premiere of NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.[9][10]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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Ext article icon Articles
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