Cyberpunk and Music, Community Style

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dave Shackleford

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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 - http://www.polyfuse.net/- Awesome!
  2. Loscil – cool ambient stuff. http://www.loscil.ca/ but check his Bandcamp site for moar. http://loscil.bandcamp.com/
  3. Emancipator – cool, sort of mellow and lots of different instruments. http://www.emancipatormusic.com/ and http://emancipator.bandcamp.com/
  4. Welder – This is growing on me a LOT. Really environmental stuff. http://www.last.fm/music/Welder
  5. Biosphere - Holy….chilling, Batman. Really smooth and sort of spooky. http://www.biosphere.no/
  6. Kiln – Really cool and organic. Very interesting percussion. http://www.kilnaudio.com/
  7. Blue Sky Black Death – still listening, heard a few things I am digging. http://bsbdmusic.com/
  8. Big Gigantic – some of the better beats I heard, some of their stuff is a little shrill, though. http://biggigantic.net/
  9. Carbon Based Life Forms – Definitely some of the better ambient I’ve come across in a while. http://www.carbonbasedlifeforms.net/

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: http://morlockpublishing.com/the-book/
  2. “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” by Robert C. O’Brien: Cool suggestion, Davi! http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Frisby-Rats-Aladdin-Fantasy/dp/0689710682
  3. “The Shockwave Rider” by John Brunner: One of my favorites, too. http://www.amazon.com/Shockwave-Rider-John-Brunner/dp/0345467175
  4. “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein: http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Harsh-Mistress-Robert-Heinlein/dp/0312863551/
  5. “Schismatrix” by Bruce Sterling: http://www.amazon.com/Schismatrix-Plus-Complete-Shapers-Mechanists-Universe/dp/0441003702/
  6. “Diamond Age” by Neal Stephenson: http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Age-Illustrated-Primer-Spectra/dp/0553380966/
  7. “Accelerando” by Charles Stross: http://www.amazon.com/Accelerando-Singularity-Charles-Stross/dp/0441014151
  8. “Feed” by M.T. Anderson: http://www.amazon.com/Feed-M-T-Anderson/dp/0763662623/
  9. “The Quantum Thief” by Hannu Rajaniemi: http://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Thief-Hannu-Rajaniemi/dp/B008W3CR8U/
  10. “Snowcrash” by Neal Stephenson: Of course. :)  http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Crash-Bantam-Spectra-Book/dp/0553380958/
  11. “Count Zero” by William Gibson: http://www.amazon.com/Count-Zero-William-Gibson/dp/0441013678/
  12. “The Difference Engine” by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling: http://www.amazon.com/Difference-Engine-William-Gibson/dp/0440423627/
  13. “Burning Chrome” by William Gibson: http://www.amazon.com/Burning-Chrome-William-Gibson/dp/0060539828/
  14. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline: http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/dp/0307887448/
  15. “Altered Carbon” by Richard Morgan: http://www.amazon.com/Altered-Carbon-Takeshi-Kovacs-Novels/dp/0345457692/
  16. “Everyone in Silico” by Jim Munroe: http://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Silico-Jim-Munroe/dp/1568582404/
  17. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card: Of course! http://www.amazon.com/Enders-Game-Ender-Book-1/dp/0812550706/
  18. “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell: http://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Atlas-Novel-David-Mitchell/dp/0375507256/

Kevin Riggins also pointed me to this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cyberpunk_works

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

Cross-posted from ShackF00

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