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Authored by: Nicholas C. Laudadio

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815351931
eBook ISBN: 9781351139885
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This chapter examines the development of cyberpunk as a musical endeavor, from its origins in the early days of electronic music and the work of artists like Kraftwerk, David Bowie, and Gary Numan through its full realization as a mode in the 1980s and 1990s with industrial electronic outfits like Front 242, Front Line Assembly, Clock DVA, The Cassandra Complex, and KMFDM. The chapter also takes into account other musical styles that traffic in cyberpunk themes, including metal bands Voivod and Fear Factory and hip hop artists such as Deltron 2020, Dr Octagon, El-P, and Cannibal Ox. The chapter concludes with an examination of cyberpunk’s cinematic soundscapes, including composers like Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, and the collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi, leading into a broad consideration of cyberpunk’s contemporary legacy as a force for cultural and musical inspiration.

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