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March 18, 2013 8:40 PM   Subscribe

I like songs that evoke images of circuitry, complexity, and digital processes. What are some songs and artists that convey this feeling?

Remind Me (Someone Else's Remix) by Röyksopp
Default by Atoms For Peace
In Motion from the soundtrack for The Social Network

What are some other songs of this type? Preferably uptempo. Bonus points if the tone is vaguely sinister.
posted by dephlogisticated to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
posted by timsteil at 8:45 PM on March 18, 2013 [2 favorites]

posted by weston at 8:59 PM on March 18, 2013

I haven't actually heard them, so I'm probably wrong, but I'm guessing Autechre and Boards of Canada. Aphex Twin and Clint Mansell's soundtrack for Pi too.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:02 PM on March 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

Skulltaste by Mux Mool
posted by mdrew at 9:10 PM on March 18, 2013

posted by mannequito at 9:10 PM on March 18, 2013

Richard Devine
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:10 PM on March 18, 2013

Max Cooper
posted by empath at 9:11 PM on March 18, 2013

Delarosa and Asora, particularly the Agony and Backsome EPs
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:11 PM on March 18, 2013

Bjork - Bachelorette. It always sounds a little sinister and mechanical to me, while all the dramatic strings zoom around it.
posted by mochapickle at 9:12 PM on March 18, 2013

Flying Lotus.
posted by sevensnowflakes at 9:18 PM on March 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

A lot of glitch music has this general motif about it. See Oval's 94 Diskont for a prime example.
posted by zer0render at 9:19 PM on March 18, 2013

Nthing Aphex Twin
posted by jbenben at 9:44 PM on March 18, 2013

Let's take a trip back in time to the '80s:

M|A|R|R|S Pump Up the Volume
posted by nacho fries at 9:50 PM on March 18, 2013

First song that jumped to mind was from Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp, "The Girl and the Robot," featuring Robyn. Röyksopp's other music may well fit the bill.
posted by Sunburnt at 10:00 PM on March 18, 2013

Infotain me by Ochre
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 12:09 AM on March 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

A couple of vintage synth tracks are Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO by Delia Derbyshire and Bruce Haack's Electric to me Turn. Both are so very early synth/electronic that the medium becomes the message. Both are rather menacing.
posted by cellura p at 2:24 AM on March 19, 2013

Gary Numan - I Dream of Wires
posted by jbickers at 6:05 AM on March 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

I was going to suggest Gary Numan as well.
Me! I Disconnect from You is amazing
posted by RabbleRabble at 7:53 AM on March 19, 2013

The Telephone Call.
posted by dirm at 7:58 AM on March 19, 2013

Autechre. LP5 is all about this sound. Check out the song Arch Carrier for example.

Chiastic slide, Amber, and Garbage are also great Autechre albums.

Vietrmx21 might be one of the best ever ambient tracks.
posted by oceanjesse at 1:52 PM on March 19, 2013

Thanks for all the suggestions!

My preference seems to lean more towards the industrial side of things rather than ambient or synth. I definitely respect the foundations laid by artists like Kraftwerk and Gary Numen, but for the most part it's not really my sound.

I'll add another example that hits the right buttons for me: Stealing Fat by the Dust Brothers, from the Fight Club soundtrack.

Charlemagne In Sweatpants, I've always liked the main theme from Pi—it's pretty close to what I'm looking for.

Blazecock Pileon, from what I could find on Youtube, I like the sort of atmosphere Richard Devine creates in his songs, but it's a little too disjointed for me; I need a good hook.

BAKERSFIELD!, I like that Ochre track, particularly when the harder percussion kicks in around 3:36.

For those recommending Aphex Twin, can you recommend specific tracts? I've listened to a handful in the past and they seem pretty hit or miss. I like the fast and intricate percussion of some IDM (e.g., Squarepusher), but it often seems a bit too abstract for my taste.
posted by dephlogisticated at 3:46 PM on March 19, 2013

Oh man, I love this kind of music. I believe nobody mentioned Mind In A Box?
posted by Ender's Friend at 7:40 PM on March 19, 2013

Maybe Fuck Buttons Surf Solar which is a bit more industrial sounding, but only just hits the Turing spot sound-wise.
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 11:46 PM on March 19, 2013

I started collecting stuff, but got stuck on the letter 'A'. It's a start!

Audiojack - Robot
Akufen - Mary Jane Kelley
AFX - Cilonen
Adam Johnson - Four Squares
posted by ageispolis at 2:22 PM on March 20, 2013

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