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.