"The music flows through the earphones into you. These vibrations bring a shiver to your spine as you are engrossed by the sound. The lyrics bring a swell to your chest as you are inspired by their content. As the song winds to a close your eye darts to the clock at the bottom of your screen. It has been hours since you began. Where has the time gone?"

In this section, you will find review and analysis of cyberpunk music that is inspired, influenced, or overlaps with the genre.

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One of the most satisfying things about cyberpunk is that its visions of tomorrow will always be a day away. Wearable tech, hacking scandals, personal drones and other items and occurrences that would once have been part of cyberpunk fiction may now be commonplace, but new futures and possibilities arrive at a rate that feels almost impossible to […]

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Trends are often thought of as cyclical, and as they drop to the floor of the ocean of social consciousness, they swim underneath larger trends only to surface again. That there is an explosion of of EBM, industrial, glitch and other tech-specific genres of music coming back to the mainstream from their heyday in the […]

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Alex Strunz of Vector Commander
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Some may think the EBM scene in Brazil is not so strong, but the truth is that there are still many artists striving to keep it alive. One to be mentioned is Alex Strunz, the mind behind the Techno-EBM band Vector Commander. Started in 2002, the project was also an inspiration for Alex to create two […]

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The adjective ‘cinematic’ tends to get attached to cyberpunk musical projects a lot, either because the music itself owes a lot to soundtrack composers or is deliberately evocative of film. This is great news for cyberpunk fans and artists as it means that there’s a incredibly rich and highly visual culture to draw upon. Even so, it’s also […]

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Stefan Poiss and Markus Hadwiger, the men behind mind.in.a.box
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Futurepop has been an amazing music genre to create sci-fi atmospheres. As an outgrowth of electronic body music (EBM), which was very popular in the 80’s, futurepop had its peak mostly in the 90’s, when the lead singers of VNV Nation and Apoptygma Berzerk coined the style. Since then, many other bands have been producing electronic […]

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The massive surge in music drawing on 1980s genre cinema in the past few years has been something of a boon to cyberpunk fans. Not only does the influence of Vangelis’ seminal Blade Runner score loom large over a lot of artists’ output, but it’s great to see artists like Perturbator and Irving Force show a genuine enthusiasm for […]

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There are very few albums I can recall hearing for the first time. I remember the first time I fell in love with The Clash’s London Calling or Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, but not the specific moments that I first slid the CD into the tray or the parties or the car-rides that I heard them during. Atari […]

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Black Rain
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Readers of William Gibson’s Zero History might recall that part of the plot revolved around the search for the origins of a secret clothing brand called ‘Gabriel Hounds’, with the idea of a product with no history and no clear provenance being almost eerie in an increasingly geotagged,  constantly connected world. Originally released in 2012, Black […]

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It’s a Friday night in the harbor area of Aberdeen, Scotland and the sky above The Moorings Bar is the color of dirty tungsten. Beyond the dock’s tangle of ship’s radars and aerials, purple and green neon from the riverfront’s office developments is defused through the night. Inside the venue, there’s a girl with blue […]

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