my dad doesn’t really like Industrial music but I like his idea of a KMFDM remix album called “Angst In Your Pangst”
As an aside regarding the pictures above: I keep coming back to this collection (SS 2009 - Insanity In Industrial Inc. #3 CANON_1 THE POSSESSED) because it’s one of the only runway shows where Julius used exclusively black (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) and Horikawa managed to show how diverse, flexible and interesting black can be. So many interesting textures and shapes; lots of deep blacks with waviness like deep waters.
But is it cyberpunk? My understanding of cyberpunk is gleaned from a course called Cyberpunk International that is taught by Professor Wlad Godzich at UCSC. The “cyber” of cyberpunk refers to the organized systems of technology, the internet and society. The “punk” refers to the rebellion of reinterpreting and modifying (hacking) those systems. In cyberpunk literature, we see young protagonists employing technology and hacking technology in a way that transgresses the boundaries intended for the system. Like punk subculture, there is some loss of individuality as the rebel immerses him/herself in the system and re-emerges with an altered self and system.
I need some input. I don’t know enough about the greater context to answer whether Julius is a literal hacking of a system. Perhaps it’s a sort of aesthetic interpretation of the hacked system? Or is it just borrowing from the punk and industrial subcultures that identified with the cyberpunk narrative?
Julius was mentioned in my Cyberpunk Fashion guide for purely Aesthetic reasons- the combination of futuristic, subculture-inspired shapes and dark colors is simply a good fit with the style.
From a more ideological standpoint, Acronym is often brought up due to it’s uncompromising blend of form and function, with bleeding-edge technology- but it’s an example of diminishing returns, and the investment is steep for the demographic makeup of the cyberpunk subculture.
Still others advocate DIY, scavenging and repurposing, hacking their clothes. That’s the thing about making the jump from subculture to culture- you can find it anywhere from a landfill to secret boutiques in Tokyo to the Red Carpet and Wal-Mart.
Any decent industrial releases as of late?
I haven’t been following any new stuff lately, really.
Especially since I relapsed back into my Muse addiction
No. And that’s sad as hell.
TrackingPoint engineers testing an early AR prototype
Avant-garde author William S. Burroughs created “Interzone” to represent a metaphorical, stateless area loosely based on post war Tangier, which became a haven for criminals, artists, drug smugglers and tax evaders due to its falling between rules and laws. The head-quarters of Tatsuro…
Those troops you saw in science fiction movies as a child are now real. A few years ago, many countries recognized a need to upgrade the individual infantryman and thus started their own “future soldier” programs. Most of them completed more or less the main priority objectives, applying them to some of their elite troops and special forces, bringing together commercial, off-the-shelf technology and state of the art military gear and equipment.
Strange mix of bleeding-edge and hilariously outdated gear here.