A Brief History of Cyborgs in Music

A really neat article that dives into the relationship between tech and music.

via Red Bull Music Academy

While advances in astrophysics over the past five decades have Higgs-boson’d along, down in the internet’s dark matter funk, everyday life has gone through its own interdimensional transformation. This hyperreal present goes by many names: the post-fact period, for example, or the age of integration. But no term speaks to the proliferation and increasingly excessive use of reality-bending platforms like Snapchat and Instagram – not to mention the widespread accessibility of VR hardware, wearable tech and body implants – than what tech writer Mike Wadhera and many others have deemed the “Experiential Age.” Our online lives are no longer an accumulation of text-based thoughts, but a first-person showcase of bite-sized, looping life-images curated to fit the perceived expectations of a communal whole. The human-machine integration process is not nearly complete, but as we grow more comfortable expressing our identities through technology, it stands to reason that a new generation could look and act a lot more like cyborgs.
As an umbrella term, cyborg (a portmanteau of cyber and organism) refers to a fictional person who’s extended their human capabilities by fusing their body with technology. The next dimension to be explored is not upward but inward; transhumanism as a field of study is already accounting for our gradual transition into cybernetic or digitized bodies. Luckily, the speculatory soundtrack for such a transition has already been laid on wax.

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