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Cabaret Voltaire: Data Processing Instructions
Ah, the Cabs. The typical band everyone's heard of but nobody's heard. When you're bringing Dada, industrial, techno, dub and experimental electronics to the party, it's not surprising that you rarely bother the radio or the "I Remember The 80s" clip shows. This track is as typical as any — which is to say, not typical at all: a melange of grunty noise and electronic pain. But then, isn't that a very real part of the IT experience?
Best Listened To While: Confronting the Blue Screen Of Death.
Wire: Dot Dash
Wire's paean to Morse code, the first digital communications medium and still an icon of technological progress. Wire themselves are named after one of the principal unsung foundations of IT — even wireless routers are crammed full of the stuff. Fittingly, Morse is a trinary, rather than a binary, code: Wire were never fond of the obvious.
Best Listened To While: Painstakingly writing a ransom note in twenty different fonts in Ventura Publisher on your ST.
Aphex Twin: INKEY$
You can't really say that Aphex Twin's music is 'about' anything, except raising a righteous racket to the gods of tortured technology. But a lot of his earlier tracks include explicit references to computers, with songs named after Spectrum BASIC keyboards and including samples of programs loading in from tape. Elsewhere in the Twins oeuvre you can find images encoded through Fourier transforms, heavily modified pornography and intense geek interest, making him a good candidate for the patron saint of technologically-informed music.
Best Listened To While: Debugging a twenty page hex listing you typed in from the back of Your Computer.