Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Static/Voice/Static “Life’s a Glitch, Then You Die”

            There exists a version of this cassette with Bart Simpson skateboarding on the cover, which is interesting only because the music itself opens with an audio clip of Lisa Simpson.    It’s kind of strange when you think about the word “glitch” because it’s never really meant more to me than it does right now.  On one hand, glitch can be used to describe a music sort of genre and yet at the same time the idea of it as not music is a strong focus of the movie “Wreck-It-Ralph”.

            Much like the character Penelope in “Wreck-It-Ralph” I do feel as if this piece of music reflects the idea that we are not fit to live.   There are haunted ghost whirrs and just overall sounds of pain coming out through synthesized space.    It’s the idea of a robot questioning its existence- not only “Why was I made” but “Why was I made like this”- and in the end, the robot is actually human because, well, this music wasn’t made by robots after all.

            The music manages to go in and out in waves whilst there are distant voices heard in the background.    I go back to the idea of robots and imagine this as being like a scene from “I, Robot” only there are far too many robots in this movie.   It’s that idea of being alone in a crowd or being the only one of your species left and not knowing how you fit in. 

            Really, this is about the struggles we all have with the big questions in life such as why are we here and why do we have so many problems (glitches).    It’s that exploration of a robot who is curious as to what he is exactly because he is not human but at the same time a human is wondering what he is.  

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