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william gibson

Metro Holografix

On September 20, 2010, in creation, music, by holotape

Since most of my music is instrumental, some people try to figure out what the songs are about based on their titles.  Quite often the titles do provide some sort of clue about what was in my head/heart when I wrote the song.  The song METRO HOLOGRAFIX is one where the meaning may not be evident.

Here’s the story:

A couple months ago I decided to re-read every book by my favourite author, William Gibson, in chronological order.  I began with Neuromancer, one I haven’t read since I was…14?  His writing is so detailed and descriptive — it’s hard not to stop every paragraph and try to picture the imaginary worlds he’s showing you.

I came to page 47:

“Lifeless neon spelled out METRO HOLOGRAFIX in dusty capitals of glass tubing.”

The picture of that sign was laser-etched into my head, and I decided I needed to create a song that represented my interpretation of Gibson’s “sprawl” world.  I’m not the first though, Sonic Youth did this before me.

The main reason I made the song was to give myself something to listen to while finishing the rest of the book. :)

holotape – metro holografix

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