Android Invasion

Android Invasion is my imaginary electronic music group. Ideally, they would have put out the attached EP, Life at the Pace of Objects, in 1982, but a few things got in the way. Chief among them is the fact that I came up with the idea for the band last night. I was also nine years old in 1982, and unaware of the electronic music scene beyond the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s music for Doctor Who. It wasn’t until 2006 or so that I really became interested in electronic music like The Human League’s “Being Boiled” and The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette.” But better thirty years late than never, right?

If you like the music, you can download the tracks for free. And if you don’t like the music, that’s okay — I won’t be offended! Let’s just call it an acquired taste.

My best guess is that I wrote and recorded the tracks between 2006 and 2011. “Life at the Pace of Objects” was the first track I recorded. I was probably thinking about the French social theorist Jean Baudrillard and his ideas about the relationship between humanity and the commodities that surround us at the time. The track is supposed to sound like millions of people marching off to work for faceless corporations so they can buy big-screen TVs. I threw in a Flamenco guitar to break up the monotony.

“Snakepit-Airlock-Disco” continues the story. It’s about one of the workers arriving at work only to find that the place is a snake pit. He then proceeds to be blasted through an airlock and land in the middle of a disco. I’m not sure how he got into space. Maybe he rode an elevator to the top of a really tall skyscraper?

“Crossing the Dance Floor with a Spanish Guitar” is probably the strongest of the tracks, or at least the one that meanders the least. It also has a bit of an X-Files vibe. By way of contrast, “(Do Androids Dream) Electric Sheep” meanders a lot, but I like to think it meanders with a purpose. What that purpose is, I can’t say. The title is borrowed from Philip K. Dick’s novel of more-or-less the same name, which was eventually adapted to the silver screen as Blade Runner.

Finally, “Riding a Squirrel” doesn’t really go anywhere, but that’s what happens when you ride a squirrel. I think of it as a brief, playful coda balancing out the heaviness of “(Do Androids Dream) Electric Sheep.”

In any case, I hope you enjoy these tracks. Be careful, though, about listening to them with headphones. It might get a little disorienting.

PS: If the player doesn’t show up in your web browser, try this link to SoundCloud.

19 thoughts on “Android Invasion

  1. Absolutely Awesome! I looooooooooooooooove it! I love electronica and these are great. Thanks for sharing them. My favorite is Do Androids Dream. Loved all of them. Thanks for making them available for download.

  2. I love your opening sentences for this post. I’m a big fan of electronic music. Marc your cool factor just rose exponentially. Is there anything you can’t do? 🙂

  3. Marc Schuster–Renaissance Dude!

    Love the tunage–love the backstory! You had me at the title…then Dr. Who, then the X-Files! Then you went and mentioned Blade Runner, and squirrels, and sheep….

    If I were dancing to it, I’d be up on my feet, at my computer, flapping elbows, wobbling shoulders, and happy feeting it about my desk….

    Scuse me…have to sit back down. I’m feeling a little….

  4. The next time I mount my flying squirrel, squiddles the magnificent,
    I will shout “Ride like the wind my pet!” and then I’ll play your song on my ipod.

    Eccentricities aside, your music is original and different and would fit perfectly in a soundtrack for a universe such as Blade Runner’s.

  5. LOVELOVELOVE this!!
    The music is super (really) and the backstories are fascinating.

    Any chance your “dream group” will become real?

    (Ive been a fan of electronic music for a long, long time)

    • I’m glad you like it! I wish I had time to turn my imaginary band into a real one. Maybe someday! In the mean time, I’ll keep at it as a hobbyist and post recordings on my blog whenever possible. Thanks so much for the kind words!

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