LP / Desire Records / 2013
First pressing - limited edition of 300 copies - purple vinyl.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Neil Stephenson’s cyberpunk
classic Snow Crash, we present to you a new Xander Harris' album
inspired by the book. Snow Crash was a prescient novel of the early 90s
that predicted a lot of stuff to come (a high functioning internet,
avatar representation, global connectivity) and also imagined a bunch of
stuff that hopefully never comes to fruition (anarchism, widespread
violent gangs, and language viruses). If you thought the ideas in movies
like The Matrix and Avatar were "big", you might want to check Snow
Crash for even bigger ones.
Think of this album as a soundtrack to be played while you read
Stephenson's story of swordplay, virtual reality, hacking, and
cybernetic nuclear powered attack dogs. Snow Crash the album makes
musical allusions to the work of artists like Vangelis, Cevin Key, and
the early 90s Third Mind Records. Harris' album is mood music, that
moves between being contemplative and chilled out and driving. Tracks
like "CosaNostra Pizza Delivery" will have you feel like you're running
through the back alleys of a futuristic metropolis, while "Eridu" evokes
the feeling of injecting your consciousness into the the Metaverse—a
feeling I'm sure we all can relate to.
Even if the most hacking you've ever done is trying to break into
your girl's/dude's Twitter account, Harris' Snow Crash creates a
mindspace, a mental state, that's very powerful and helpful for
meditating on the idea that we will all exist eternally in the internet.
We will all achieve immortality through Youtube comments and flame
wars. The future is now.