Sad Machine

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Sad Machine
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First Appearance DJMAX RESPECT V
Composer(s) Porter Robinson
Arranger(s) Porter Robinson
Vocal(s) Avanna, Porter Robinson
Lyrics Porter Robinson
Visualization
Genre
BPM 88.5
Length
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Sad Machine is a song composed, sang, and performed by Porter Robinson alongside VOCALOID Avanna. It is currently the first and only VOCALOID song in the entire DJMAX games.

Song Description

Song Analysis

Debuted on May 13, 2014, Sad Machine marks Porter Robinson's full departure from mainstream EDM scene. It is a synthpop track that feels very melancholic and nostalgic. Porter used Soundfont to emulate the sound from old video game music, specifically from The Legends of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Perhaps the focus of Sad Machine is the synthetic-like vocals. Porter used a VOCALOID voice synthesizer, powered by Avanna voicebank. Its Celtic-style vocals were based from an Irish singer only identified as Rachel. Avanna's vocal runs alongside Porter's own singing and it evokes a dissonance between human and machine vocals. In Porter's own words, Sad Machine is a duet between human and a robot.

Background Animation

Game Appearances

DJMAX RESPECT V

Soundtrack Appearances

Remixes/Adaptations

Lyrics

Porter Robinson's Worlds Album Liner Notes

Full Version

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'll depend on you

Hi!

Trivia

  • As stated above, this currently the first and only DJMAX song that uses a VOCALOID voice synthesizer.
  • Sad Machine is also arguably the most popular VOCALOID song that is made by non-Japanese/non-Asian producer, and also the most popular VOCALOID song that used English voicebank.
  • Porter Robinson debuted as a vocalist through Sad Machine. Before this song, he has provided backing vocals to Zedd's Clarity, in which he also credited as one of the co-writers.

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