Music for writing sci-fi cyberpunk ¦ just bought every album they’ve made – God Is An Astronaut
I love moments like this; they’re rare for a reason – because it’s not often I find something that so resoundingly fits the psycho-emotional shape of my mind or the taste of my imagination. Gary Numan does it (his incredible new album Dead Son Rising drips collaborative influence from Trent Renznor and is one of the best yet), Solar Fields and Hybrid likewise always nail that perfect blend of ingredients to create soundscapes that are vast and emotive – without distracting my creative flow (writing).
So a few months ago I was in a cafe / bar in Bristol and the background music changed as one of the staff put his own selection on. What emerged into that vast, cavernous space, made me sit up straight – ears pricking. When I asked the barman what he’d put on he looked pleased as punch, and wrote down the words “God Is An Astronaut” on the back of a till receipt.
Skip forward to Monday this week. I’d made a note in my calendar to check them out properly, a reminder popped up. A went onto YouTube, listened to a couple of tracks and had that instinctive, gut-feeling of “yep”. Skipped onto Amazon and bought every album they’ve made.
Here they are. I’ve stacked them in a folder to pick out one at a time (I like to give each album a few weeks of individual attention to build up rapport and bond, rather than playing them all at once and have no recollection of the mood they create). I’m very much looking forward to exploring them over the next few months and seeing what kind of new worlds they shape as I work through current and planned creative projects.
Have a play on YouTube and see what you think.
- Official website for God Is An Astronaut
- Amazon Kindle – Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy novels by David J Rodger
- Sci-fi cyberpunk novels and short stories by David J Rodger