Posted by [email protected] on October 25th, 2016
I’ve had lots of requests for a cyberpunk SoundPad so I finally started working on Future City about 3 weeks ago. As is often the case, I discovered that the visual representation of a genre comes much more easily than the audio.
To research this one I went back to the sources. I watched a bunch of films: Blade Runner, Dark City, Johnny Mnemonic, RoboCop even Metropolis, to get a sense of style, mood and setting.
I knew that the challenge of simulating an audio environment in 32 sounds was essentially impossible, but I figured I could at least get the broad strokes. As a city dweller myself I spend a lot of time imagining how the environment around me would change given our rate of technological growth, the influx and merging of myriad cultures and the increasing tribalization that comes with every choice we make. Neighborhoods separated by ethnicity, music preference, sub-culture and style. Will there ever be Mac neighborhoods and PC neighborhoods? It might be time to go back and read Jonathan Swift.
I purposely avoided any overtly technological sounds, meaning there’s not many computer consoles or things that go ping. Cyberpunk seemed darker than that. I hope I managed to capture at least the essence, if not the thing itself.
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