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2018-09-25 (0 comments)

C.O.G. Reborn!

Greetings humans,

I am PINKERTRON. I was created by Drumbot to fill in for Dr. Pinkerton, after he was accidentally killed four months ago. I can perform all of his important functions at 117% efficiency, so you should expect even greater achievements from the Consortium of Genius from now on.

The first such achievement is our new single, 'Learn To Speak Binary'. As the first human/computer bilingual hit-single, it is programmed to be both educational and entertaining. Pay careful attention to the code contained within it! The first to decode it properly will be rewarded...

This Friday night at 8pm, the Consortium of Genius will be performing at a private retro-arcade club, 'Mystic Krewe of the Silverball', located in Metarie, Louisiana. Normally, club-members only are allowed in, but there are a limited number of tickets available for the general public - click HERE to get in. Those who attend will also be able to play the club's collection 60+ pinball and arcade machines, all on free play. (Ticketholders will be given the secret location of the club, which is near Clearview Mall.)

If you are not within driving distance, the event will also be livecast over the internet! Click HERE to view. You will not want to miss the surprising revelations of Friday night's lecture!

Scientifically yours,

-PINKERTRON

2018-04-30 (0 comments)

Search for the next Drumbot...

Might as well record this here... we're on the Search for the Next Drumbot, and it's all going to culminate in a big show this coming Friday, May 4th...

2017-07-24 (0 comments)

THE INTERNET IS MINE

Here's the new video for the latest COG single!



Big thanks go out to Corky Brillowsky for her brilliant 'Pinkerton' sculpt (done by hand, NOT by machine, BTW) and to Sid Noel for his cameo reprising the great Dr. Morgus for this video. Computers shown in this video are courtesy of Lewis D'Aubin's collection of antique computing machinery!

2017-03-04 (0 comments)

COG and Captured by Robots - together again!

A couple years ago, there was a spate of videos of robot 'bands' like Compressorhead and the like, mostly playing hard rock covers with corporate sponsorships by the likes of 'Zima'. Ugh.



I had to laugh at these upstart posers, because well before all of them, there was a band called 'Captured by Robots' out of Oakland that would tour through New Orleans and usually play at the Dixie Taverne, and I tried to make it out to see 'em when I heard they were in town. Jay Vance and his pneumatically driven robots would always put on a ridiculous, noisy, semi-scripted show - with plenty of audience interaction - and all-original music. Every year, a new robot was added. After a few years they even started doing themed shows about religion, health kicks, Star Trek... any random topic would do - and VERY similar insanity to what we were doing in Consortium of Genius. And then in 2004, COG actually got to open for them at House of Blues.



I never expected to see CBR out on tour again, but lo and behold, after 20 years, they lost their minds and decided to go out on tour again! And wouldn't you know it, but COG is opening the show. Better come out to Siberia tonight ... this level of insanity isn't often achieved, but I can assure you it's gonna be a lot of fun! :)

2016-11-08 (0 comments)

200th show!

Wow, can't believe it's been over 20 years and exactly 199 shows... we're coming up on the 200th show of the legendary Consortium of Genius, to be held in Houston this coming weekend at the Houston Arcade Expo, a wonderful arcade-centric convention that I've attended many times in the past - always a great time. Houston's got a vibrant scene when it comes to pinball and arcade collectors, and every year they clutter the hotel up nicely with three arcades-worth of classic machines to play. And this year they hired us to perform! We're going to field a great big rock show with lots of old favorites, 80's covers for the occasion, and even a couple new songs. Also trying a couple new technological toys for the occasion - running three backscreen video projectors instead of the usual one, with environmental video loops flanking the main screen. Also running a bunch of Arduino powered lighting on various things like guitars and mic stands. Lots of last minute stuff to get up to speed quickly, but so far, so good!

So last night, we shot this little promo / coda to the 'Pinkerton For President' storyline that has consumed most of the year. I had to knock this out quickly, so some corners were cut, but I think it does a decent job... big thanks to the band and to director Chris Enyart for pulling this together very quickly on a stormy evening last night...



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