It’s about time, then, that Devo were granted their own decidedly futuristic app. Devobots, the name of the new app that celebrates the band, takes their legacy and turns it into a music device that allows you to use Devo songs and make them your own.
Created by designer and developer Kit Robot, who worked with the band themselves, the app is inspired by ‘analogue synths and toy organs’, according to its creators, and also means you can whip up your very own Devo avatar.
Using the app’s loop synthesiser, unreleased Devo sounds are at your disposal to fabricate your very own Mongoloid, Big Mess or Beautiful World for 2013. It’s a lot to live up to, but there’s certainly fun to be had in the trying.
Just as Devo so brilliantly created skewed reworkings of the likes of Satisfaction and Working in a Cole Mine, you, could soon be listening to your own surrealist slant on the band’s own hits, thanks to features that allow you to pitch shift music in real-time, manipulate layered sounds, and sample your own sounds through the mic with the onboard sampler.
You can also create your own Devo characters, and customise the backgrounds for their strange little virtual lives.
With topsy-turvy rallying call Jocko Homo acting as their anthem, the call and response of ‘are we not men? We are Devo!’ is now being given a whole new spin, in which we retort: we are Devobots.