Imagine you had a time machine. And you went back to 1983, maybe 1984. Found the most ingenious composer of synth music working. Handed him a pound of gold and said “I want you to write a soundtrack for the internet.”
After he stopped giving you That Look, and you explained what the internet was going to be (without making any reference to William Gibson or Neuromancer, because it won’t have been published for another year, so his vision of it won’t be tainted by that level of nihilism), you would see his eyes light up with potential. He’d shoot questions at you left and write. You’d see his mind already drawing analogies to what he knows.
You’d go away, knowing with reasonable certainty that you’d planted the seed of a masterpiece.
Well, it didn’t happen then, but it did happen. Without the time machine.
Jaime Heras is a composer and musician I have only gotten into a little. He’s quite prolific, with eleven full albums and four EPs on Jamendo, covering 2007 through 2012 (as of the writing of this post), but I’ve only downloaded two, and have only given one much play.
But that one, Life in Bitville, is so brilliant and perfect that I can’t stop playing it.
Which leaves me bemused, a bit. How in hell can something this good have fewer than 1,000 listens or downloads!?
Go forth and rectify that! This is perfect background for the piece of ’80s nostalgia you’ve been wanting to write.
Life in Bitville by Jaime Heras is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.