Cyberpunk and Music, Community Style

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dave Shackleford


Last year, I put out a call to the infosec community on Twitter for some new ideas on electronic music and Sci Fi books in the “cyberpunk” genre. Tons of you responded, and I wanted to capture this in a blog post to share the feedback with anyone who might be interested in this. Little things like this remind me of just how awesome our community is – thanks a ton to everyone.

Music: Was looking for some new electronic music, NO DUBSTEP (because it sucks.) Here’s what came back:

  1. Polyfuse - Awesome!
  2. Loscil – cool ambient stuff. but check his Bandcamp site for moar.
  3. Emancipator – cool, sort of mellow and lots of different instruments. and
  4. Welder – This is growing on me a LOT. Really environmental stuff.
  5. Biosphere - Holy….chilling, Batman. Really smooth and sort of spooky.
  6. Kiln – Really cool and organic. Very interesting percussion.
  7. Blue Sky Black Death – still listening, heard a few things I am digging.
  8. Big Gigantic – some of the better beats I heard, some of their stuff is a little shrill, though.
  9. Carbon Based Life Forms – Definitely some of the better ambient I’ve come across in a while.

Books: I asked what people’s favorite cyberpunk books were (besides “Neuromancer”), and got the following:

  1. “The Powers of the Earth” by Travis Corcoran:
  2. “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” by Robert C. O’Brien: Cool suggestion, Davi!
  3. “The Shockwave Rider” by John Brunner: One of my favorites, too.
  4. “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein:
  5. “Schismatrix” by Bruce Sterling:
  6. “Diamond Age” by Neal Stephenson:
  7. “Accelerando” by Charles Stross:
  8. “Feed” by M.T. Anderson:
  9. “The Quantum Thief” by Hannu Rajaniemi:
  10. “Snowcrash” by Neal Stephenson: Of course. :)
  11. “Count Zero” by William Gibson:
  12. “The Difference Engine” by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling:
  13. “Burning Chrome” by William Gibson:
  14. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline:
  15. “Altered Carbon” by Richard Morgan:
  16. “Everyone in Silico” by Jim Munroe:
  17. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card: Of course!
  18. “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell:

Kevin Riggins also pointed me to this list:

Anything else to add, please include in the Comments, and thanks again!

Cross-posted from ShackF00

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