Datasette 1530

by MOS-Man

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justin spicer “Interlinked” is a dark theme, wavering between cinematic grandiosity and video game monstrosity. It feels like an anthem that is meant for something greater, but its downscaled instrumentation keeps it in the palm of one’s hand: a controller in charge of creating a universe. Favorite track: Interlinked.
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Inspired by an alternate timeline superimposed over our own 80s and 90s, MOS-Man envisions a dystopian world where the singularity happened shortly after the popularization of 8-bit home computers. Hacktivists fight government and corporate interests that wield emerging AI technology. Rouge sentient programs are released on the early internet threatening to subjugate the coming Information Age.

Recorded during the pandemic of 2020. Live improvisation and artificial life algorithms control vintage 8-bit synthesizers and hackable lo-fi groove boxes, creating a data-bent, video game-like soundscape filled with moments of wonder and dread. A nod to Chiptune and Warp's Artificial Intelligence compilations of the early 90s. It's the soundtrack to a corrupted C64 game that never was…

Hand printed limited edition cassette release (includes digital). Digital release with bonus video for SDI Directed-Energy Weapon.

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The work of MOS-Man presupposes the singularity happened during the 8-bit revolution. The idea of computerized plumbers and bulletin boards being and becoming corrupted by a pixelated dystopia is a crafty one indeed.

How it translates to the overarching story of Datasette 1530 is left to one’s imagination. However, the electronic hacking of the retrofuture MOS-Man provides is present throughout Datasette 1530. An angular work of granular synthesizer attacking basic melodies with an automated army of interrupting glitches, Datasette 1530 is an all-out assault on 8-bit-based music.

Despite its modest base, it nearly transcends its own woven story for something grander. “Interlinked” is a dark theme, wavering between cinematic grandiosity and video game monstrosity. It feels like an anthem that is meant for something greater, but its downscaled instrumentation keeps it in the palm of one’s hand: a controller in charge of creating a universe.

> Cerberus Vol.3(16), by Justin Spicer

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released January 31, 2021

100% of proceeds donated to Girls Who Code.

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