"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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Music incorporating cyberpunk themes is fairly common across a variety of genres, but until now, I had yet to come across music that’s about the artist’s relationship with the genre. It’s not unusual for artists to cast themselves as cyberpunks or to produce albums with cyberpunk concepts, but it’s much rarer for an artist to think about […]

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It seems like a long time since Power Glove’s EP 1 was released in early 2012. The retrofuturistic feel of tracks like ‘Night Force’ or ‘Streets of 2043’ have reached a level of near ubiquity and birthday cards with the desert chrome font and neon grids receding into the horizon can be bought in chain stores. The neo-80s have […]

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It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment where cyberpunk and the 1980s VHS trash aesthetic became so inexorably intertwined. I’d hazard that it likely stems from the slew of low-budget, straight to video attempts to capture some of the success of the likes of The Terminator and RoboCop with hyperviolent, synth scored, delirious pulp. In addition to a […]

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Although John Carpenter’s excellent recent release of original music Lost Themes is perhaps a little too horrorcentric to be within Neon Dystopia’s remit, the recent video for for lead single ‘Night’ certainly draws on the director’s previous contributions to cyberpunk in Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. in a big way. The video combines the tungsten lit city at […]

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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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