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Your favourite cyber & metaverse related songs?

September 23, 2008 9:00 am

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Torley shares with us a list of 9 sublime cyberpunk songs you need to hear. Torley’s take on what makes a good cyberpunk song: ‘best cyberpunk music is at once mechanical yet human, living paradoxes which bridge the best of different worlds together‘. I must admit that my thoughts on cybermusic aren’t that deep, but there are some songs I absolutely love (and remind me of the metaverse):

1. Welle:Erdball - Monoton + Minimal (C=64er)

Together with ‘Die Computer verlassen Ihren Welt’ and ‘Lass uns ein Computer sein’, Monton + Minimal from Welle:Erdball describes best the virtual nature of our - computer generated - worlds: ‘Es zählt nur JA und NEIN!’ Whatever is at the basic, it’s either TRUE, FALSE or a bug. Way less ‘maybes’! (Until you ask someone if it will work, then you get a ‘maybe’. ;)) Please sing along: ‘Es gibt keinen Kompromiß. Es zählt nur JA und NEIN. Wir sehen wie es wirklich ist. Wir denken minimal… Es wird nicht dekoriert. Die Welt ist schön genug. Denn wir sind programmiert….

2. 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor - Living in Cyberspace

Although mainly just a catchy tune & simplistic lyrics, Living in Cyberspace from 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor will always be a classic. The uberly cute voice distortion effect in combination with lyrics such as ‘Close your eyes and come with me, Enjoy your interface, Your digital fantasy’ I think it’s still perfectly fit for describing SL. Of course, we need to work on that love for the interface a bit more still! ;) (Cover from Trans-X’s Living on Video.)

3. The Orb - Blue Room

Where as ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ makes me think of WindLight settings, The Orb’s Blue Room instantly makes you feel all ‘cyberish’ when listening to it. It’s delicate, ’spacy’ and triggers curiosity. As it evokes feelings of the unknown, drifting & floating, new worlds & possibilities opening up, Instant Metaverse hit, imho!

4. Daft Punk - Technologic

I assume Technologic by Daft Punk does not need much explanation. Catchy, and all to familiar lyrics on the fast pace that technology causes for today’s society: ‘Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, Trash it, change it, mail - upgrade it, Charge it, point it, zoom it, press it, Snap it, work it, quick - erase it, Write it, cut it, paste it, save it, Load it, check it, quick - rewrite it, Plug it, play it, burn it, rip it, …‘.

5. Avatar, A Rockstar Parody - Foolish Frost

As previously mentioned, Foolish Frost’s I wanna be Avatar is one of the best Second Life parody songs around. (Closely followed by Rich Palmer’s ‘No Copy, No Mod’, Jeremy ‘Froggs’ Works’s ‘Ain’t no woman (in SL)’ (both available for listening on T61) and The Alienthearts’ ‘The Little Newbie‘.) What’s great in those songs, that often, they aren’t as far from the truth as you would guess: ‘I wanna be loved like I’m a part of the FIC, Power like Anshe Chung Without all of the dick, Have every single newbie Tell me how great I’ve got to be…‘ ;)

6. Astral Projection - People Can Fly

Knowing this song way before ever having heard of Second Life, first time I ‘flew’ my avatar around on the grid, Astral Projection’s People Can Fly came to mind: ‘When you dream there are no rules, people can fly, anything can happen. Sometimes there is a moment as you are awakening when you become aware of the real world around you, but you are still dreaming. You may think you can fly but you do better not try.‘ Well, we’re doing the flying part just fine!

7. Sigur Rós - Hjartað Hamast

Part of the soundtrack for ‘Immortal Ad Vitam’ (based on Enki Bilal’s - awesome!!! - graphic novels), Hjartað Hamast by Sigur Ros is just totally moving & beautiful. The fact that I don’t understand the lyrics (one bit) adds to the mystery feeling of the song. Definitely listen to this song, watch Bilal’s ‘Immortal Ad Vitam’ or even better, get his graphic novels! Awesomeness²! ;) (PS. The Lady in Blue - aka Jill Bioskop - does remind me of Dandellion a bit! ;))

Honourable mentioning in Vint’s cyber & metaverse music song list:

Never Trust A Klingon by SPOCK.

12 Responses to “Your favourite cyber & metaverse related songs?”

GoSpeed Racer wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Richard Palmer - Avatar Girl

Just Some Guy wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Fallbrooke: “Losin’ It” - http://myspace.com/fallbrooke

“Though we’ve never met except on the Internet…I’ve got the camera plugged and ready” (?) :P

Is it the first major commercial webcam love song? Hmm.

Rich Palmer wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Though I’d like to take full credit for “No Copy, No Mod” I want to make sure proper attribution is given. The lyrics for the parody were written by Crap Mariner (in SL) aka Laurence Simon. Of course, the tune is absolutely Bob Marley’s.

Vint Falken wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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@Just Some Guy: more and more tempted to mark you as spam. Partially because I don’t really like the music, and can’t sense the ‘metaverse’ connection here, and it is surely not the ‘first major webcam song’ (and I don’t care much about the commercial). I then prefer Jonathen Coultan - A Laptop Like You, Bob Riccis’s songs (Internet Love Song is W00t! so are his ‘Depressing Rock Song’, ‘Photoshop ballade’ and ‘Unhackable’).

@GoSpeed Racer, good point. Forgot about that one, oopz. And there’s also Jonathan Coultan’s ‘Code Monkey’:

Tenshi mentioned Atari Teenage Riot - Speed, should have definitely had a place in my fav song list, although I’m not sure if it’s in my fav ‘tech feeling’ song list:

Vint Falken wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Oh, and Jax Streeter’s ‘Avatar Superstar‘ should not have been forgotten either? ;)

Torley wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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OH WOW you can embed videos in your comments? I need to find out if we can do that on my blog, that’s a nifty feature. Thanks for sharing your faves, Vint!

Alienheart’s “The Little Newbie” still stands as an SL-made masterpiece, and a catchy one at that. The video closely resembles voyaging through cyberspace at parts, with a LOT of humor included for good measure!

Torley wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Oh, link to it (since I don’t appear to be able to embed)… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXBM1HHr0vE

Vint Falken wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Alienhearts & The Little Newbie are linked under 5. Foolish Frost - Wanna be avatar … as it’s somewhat of an SL parody song also.

As for the html embed, just depends on how much html code your comments allow. I accept full - my own risk, so normally you just should be able to copy paste the embed code. See:

;)

Vint Falken wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Rich, we _know_, but we are you so grateful for not letting Crap sing, we’ll be giving you all the credit! ;)

Torley wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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Vint, thanks! I was adding more context — I tried pasting the full embed code but it didn’t work for me. Maybe only works for admin/owner?

Balp Allen wrote a comment on September 24, 2008
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Blonde - I’m not living in the real world

AC/DC - Who made who

Vint Falken wrote a comment on September 30, 2008
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‘Miss Kitten - I come.com’ is great too. Miss Kitten’s voice and then these lyrics:

This is a new wildlife form speaking through a wireless microphone
I am titanium babe addicted child of your wireless internet.

I am a creation of your musical progress of technology.
The ancient net-world is gone. You say it’s gone. Shit.

Fingertips sticked on the keys I engage a new virtual touch of sensuality.
Blue eyes on the digital screen I experiment a top secret optical system of visual excitement.
I see.com I see.com

On my walls, projection of subliminal messages to increase
a new era of female interactive intuition.
And life is a data gas I breathe wireless.
You are the creator of my inner life network soundtrack.
I com.com.
I com.com.

Definitely worth a listen!

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