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Robert Beatty (born 1981, Lexington, KY) is an artist and electronic musician who performs under the name Three Legged Race. He is a long running member of Hair Police, Eyes and Arms of Smoke, and C. Spencer Yeh’s Burning Star Core. Since 2004, Beatty has maintained a collaborative relationship with artist Takeshi Murata, creating soundtracks for Murata’s videos. Their collaboration has spawned performances by Three Legged Race at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Stray Alchemists,2007, Beijing), Deitch Projects (Heavy Light, 2008, New York), the Mattress Factory (Heavy Light, 2008, Pittsburgh), the New Museum (No Fun: Infinite Sound and Image, 2009, New York), and The Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago (Conversations at the Edge, 2010,Chicago).
Beatty's constantly evolving aesthetic is realized via an elaborate network of primitive electronics and outmoded thrift store detritus. Each performance and recording explores the repetition and decay of simple musical themes, discovering a new world of rhythmic, and harmonic possibilities with each tier of abstraction, evoking minimalist sci-fi soundtracks, clouded hypnotic landscapes, and primal industrial techno.