Artificial Brain Reveal Lyrical Content for Next Album

Like a coy lover, Artificial Brain continues to toy me with sparse hints regarding their next album, the follow-up to Toilet ov Hell’s best album of 2K14. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to keep waiting for the sweet consummation of this two-year-long flirtation, but at least the band is nice enough to give us a little titillation in the form of a revelation of lyrical content. Spoiler Alert: it’s about space. Kinda.

Vocalist Will Smith took a break from gettin’ jiggy wit it to take to the band’s Facebook page to let us know the concept of the sequel to Labyrinth Constellation.

Hey everyone, Will (vocals) here. I know we’ve been keeping you in the dark about our new album so I wanted to share this with you. It’s a brief summary of the lyrical themes on this upcoming album that was sent to the arist who will be doing the cover.

 

“8 out of 10 songs on this album loosely deal with the concept of a dystopian future in which humanoid “robots” (or “cyborgs” and/or other related humanoid machines) have long outlived human beings. This takes place in outer space as well as on unnamed planets (not neccesarily Earth). A recurring theme is the moment of awakening or becoming conscious for a computer based machine and how abstract thought would be interpreted by it. It is implied that the conscious machines/robots believe themselves to be not a creation of long extinct humans BUT a more perfect evolution (humans as LOWER than robots – planet of the apes syndrome). Also implied is that the machines eventually get scrapped or recycled in a massive junkyard/ reprocessing center which is a metaphor for the various takes on the afterlife. Like Dantes Inferno but with futuristic machinery and robots.

 

For what its worth, of the other two songs – one is about volcanoes and the other is basically the movie “the Blob” on a spaceship. These are not neccesarily important for the art but I thought worth mention.”

A loose concept album regarding artificial intelligence and space certainly isn’t out of Artificial Brain’s wheelhouse (most of the songs on Labyrinth Constellation seemed to be exploring topics of extraterrestrial life, space exploration, and technology), but the inclusion of a discussion regarding human evolution INTO machines is interesting. Plenty of other bands today write songs exploring questions of human consciousness and the morality of artificial intelligence (look at tracks like “Of Mind and Matrix” off Allegaeon’s latest), but few bands are looking at this topic from a Futurist perspective. If, as Ray Kurzweil and other futurists postulate, technology continues to increase exponentially until we can no longer comprehend the instant evolution of artificial superintelligence and the subsequent inconsequentiality of humanity, I imagine we’ll see even more lyricists starting to dabble within this conceptual framework. Will Smith is just ahead of the curve (just as he was on Big Willie Style).

For what it’s worth, two of my favorite songs regarding artificial intelligence and the valuation of autonomy are Nevermore’s one-two punch of “The Learning” and “Sentient 6.” If anything on the new AB rec even comes close to these, count me in.

The next Artificial Brain album will presumably be out early next year. The band promises it’s uglier and features 300% more blasting. For now, you can hear a live version of a new track and catch the band on tour in early 2017.

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Published on: November 17, 2016

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  • AeonsOvChaos

    The lyrical content was suggested by Cybernetic Organism, I had a dream last night!

  • BRRRRAAAAIIIINNNNSSS!!! Caught part of their set at MDF (I was super hungover for it). They were good live. Pretty sure I vomited during the middle of one of their songs.

    http://i.giphy.com/26h0pMHvxkWcFJgDC.gif
    http://i.giphy.com/SwIFB8SHyIG64.gif

    • Howard Dean

      I love how the hand is squeezing brains out of that dude’s 80’s fro.

  • Jack Rabbit
  • CyberneticOrganism
  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    300% more blasting sounds promising.

  • Ohhh, yeah. Dis be good!

  • Howard Dean

    That Labyrinth Constellation cover art.

  • Óðinn
  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

    Can’t wait to see these guys!

    Did they confirm who the cover artist is? Hope it’s the same guy as before.

    • W.

      AFAIK they haven’t announced it yet. I just checked their FB page to make sure, so if they did, I somehow missed it.

  • GL

    That tour artwork needs just a tad more purple to fill that bad boy out…..

    GL

    • Count_Breznak

      Guess the neon-green cartridge was empty.

  • AeonsOvChaos

    Speaking about Artificial Brain, this song rules hard to me, great album, I’m eager to hear the new one:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBKHNBAFfMA

  • I’m with Elon Musk, we need to watch the fuck out for AI

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      I’ve a theory that it’s already here. Might even have posted on this very blog…

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          Hah! Think Eliza is for real. My thought is that the internet functions like the primordial ooze that first spawned life, but evolutionarily accelerated because of the constant human input. So somewhere out there is a little code being, sort of self aware bug, just roaming the electric fields…

          • I love this theory interpretation

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Course given the state of the internet it could go rather awry. So its important for everyone to be excellent to each other so it doesn’t.

    • Óðinn

      I dunno. Elon Musk is good with the cars and everything. But his taste in movies? Not so great. 😉

      http://static.rogerebert.com/uploads/movie/movie_poster/ai-artificial-intelligence-2001/large_sbQofoGqJ6AqayGKorNgXjIYEZO.jpg

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Oh that movie is such shit.

    • W.

      I’m still skeptical that we’ll ever reach a point where AI as we typically imagine is achieved.

      • Óðinn

        Seen Humans? It’s pretty good. I liked season 1.

        • W.

          I have not. I am typically way, way, way behind everyone else around here when it comes to television.

      • I am not at all skeptical. Because 100 years ago folks may have laughed at the idea of “instantly accessible information across the entire globe”, and now it’s part of our everyday lives. Our ability to predict advancements in technology isn’t so predictable any more. Read Asimov’s Foundation while drinking a Mountain Dew Code Red to learn more.

        • Óðinn

          I think the potential danger comes into play once there is the capability to recreate and evolve on their own. This may not be that far into the future.

        • W.

          We’re all beating around the futurism bush right now.

        • W.

          Also, you ever read about the Chinese room?

          • W.
          • GL

            lol @ “Newtons Flaming Razor Sword” towards the end.

          • No, but if it’s relevant to this topic, it will be the next thing I do before anything else.
            Also, wikipedia beat me to the punch, “for disambiguation with the video game developer…..”

          • Howard Dean

            Ever read about Roko’s Basilisk, Dubya? I don’t follow the AI or programming world closely, but this is an interesting thought experiment.

            http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roko's_basilisk

          • W.

            Yep, though it has been a few years and I need a refresher on the premise. I recall having a conversation about it with a professor in chemical engineering.

          • W.

            Okay, after catching up, I think our conversation was about applied ethics, IIRC.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, it’s some fairly far-fetched shit, but it generates some nice spooky thoughts about the potential implications (good and bad) of advanced AI. If Lovecraft had lived in the computer age Big Data probably would’ve been one of The Great Old Ones.

          • W.

            That would be a much more interesting take for the Lovecraft authors than a lot of what they’re doing now.

          • Óðinn

            Feng shui? 😉

        • Óðinn

          I think our immediate concern should be stupid humans rather than intelligent machines though.

          http://d1zlh37f1ep3tj.cloudfront.net/wp/wblob/54592E651337D2/20B3/386AB6/4aojP_hQmN081FmSC4v6pg/stupidrepubs1.jpg

          • Howard Dean

            The really scary thing is that you could make this meme about both major parties (just replace the hillbilly dude with a guy that looks like your typical college student and give him different “reasons for voting”) and it would be completely accurate. Stupidity is a pan-human condition.

          • GL

            You need to go ahead and take all that logic and get outta here, sir.

          • Óðinn

            To a certain degree, that’s true. The business community is ruining both of their lives. That’s why we should get private capital out of politics.

          • Howard Dean

            No, not exactly equal in their beliefs, of course–but they are both equally susceptible to fear-mongering and tribalism.

          • Óðinn

            We all are to certain degree. It’s relative. In general, I’d argue that a university student should be developing critical thinking skills.

          • W.

            A good first step toward fixing things is for us to stop trying to put anyone in that position of “other.”

          • Howard Dean

            I agree. Instantaneous and perpetual social contact attributed to social media and modern connectivity has really brought cliques and social strife to whole new levels. Anyone active on social media sites nowadays is likely to find themselves categorized into a form of this “other” on a daily basis (in one way or another). Humans are still quite tribal.

          • Óðinn

            Plus, social media is full of misinformation and a giant waste of time. That’s why I mostly avoid it.

          • GL

            Sounds like a good reason to quit social media. (disqus doesn’t count, lololoolol)

          • Howard Dean

            I am a very minimal social media user. I only have FB, and I really only use that to follow bands (I almost never post or share anything). But the amount of shit I get on my news feed on a daily basis makes me want to stab myself in the face.

          • GL

            PoserBook has gotta be the best social media site.

          • Óðinn

            Yeah, I’ve tried Facebook a couple of times. In general, I don’t like it.

          • Óðinn

            I tend to agree with you in general. But some people (not you) make the same argument as you in attempts to normalize fascism, racism, and homophobia. When these type of issues are involved (human rights), simply saying that progressives are otherizing those who foment racial hatred is simplifying.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I find it a bit telling that people weren’t concerned about division and demonizing 13-14 years ago when people such as myself were being called “traitor” and “un-American” for being against war.

          • Óðinn

            That’s a fair comment. It’s the anti-PC crowd that seems to be so concerned about the left name-calling the “alt-right” (racist, fascist) crowd these days.

          • RJA

            A fair amount of those people decided to pretend, 10 years later, that they weren’t the ones for war – It was quite aggravating indeed.

          • KyleJMcBride

            This is true. However, we also have to recognize this climate of fear and division didn’t spring out of a vacuum. There are reasons we are here now.

          • W.

            Oh definitely. A system as complex cannot be amended so easily, but I at least think trying to understand someone else’s background, and how it led them to where they are, is more productive, typically.

            It’s easier said than done, and I’m certainly not blameless.

          • KyleJMcBride

            We also have to understand that being called bad names online is NOT the same as being the survivor of an actual hate crime.

          • Óðinn

            Yes, being called out for your opinion is not the same as being hated for the shade of your skin.

          • Óðinn

            Yes, definitely. Some of the best things that are taught in universities (in my opinion) are those that you learn in sociology and anthropology classes. It is very frustrating to see (from my perspective), the wedge issues (racism) actually becoming more effective over time as a political tool.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Unfortunately the Democrats proved that this year. : (

        • Hubert

          Eyy, I finished the third book in that series a few days ago.

          • GL

            Finished reading or eating the book? plz rspnd

            GL

          • Hubert

            Read the novel, then eat the novel. Consume the story and become one with the charachters.

          • The other four books are “read only if you’re bored” material. I’d be rill curious what you think about them tho!

        • KyleJMcBride

          I haven’t read Asimov since Jr High.

        • Óðinn
          • CyberneticOrganism

            lol

      • Heliocrat

        Honestly, is not that far away. Give it 30 years.

    • Óðinn

      He wants to send a driverless car from LA to NY next year.

    • Jack Rabbit
  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Sci fi is awesome and makes everything better. Almost. Super looking forward to this 🙂

  • When viewed in the long run, we humans are just another species of animal playing a small part in the order of the cosmos. Amazingly insignificant. We are owed nothing by nature, and may one day have our dicks crvshed by the elements. AI is the way to go. It will be our salvation. Play SOMA after watching Cosmos to learn more.

  • JWEG

    I’m not sure about that “like Dante’s Inferno” line. It doesn’t seem like it at all, even at a broad superficial “oh it’s about wandering through hell” degree.

    This could turn out like when that other band completely misinterpreted Fritz Lang’s Metropolis right down to pretty much reversing the final moral.

    It sounds like it might at most be reflected in one song, and it’s not like I’ll be listening closely to the lyrics anyway, though…

  • KyleJMcBride

    Chicopee? That’s an odd place to play.

    • Howard Dean

      They can swing by and hit up the Ingleside Mall and the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke afterwards!

      (I agree, that is a very odd place to play)

      • KyleJMcBride

        Maybe because it’s right next to Springfield? I imagine it’s cheaper to play there in the Boston area.

  • Heliocrat

    Fuck, I remember check this guys out back in ’14, listening to 20 seconds and turning it of, probably because of the pig-squeals (I hate them) and I’m not big on most tech death.
    Glad I gave it a second shot thanks to this post.
    What a fucking amazing this is!

    • W.

      I’m glad too! The vocals initially turned me off, but they really grew on me.

      • Heliocrat

        True, it’s not even that pig-squealy, there’s some good variation in there!

  • Waynecro

    This album will terrify the tech analysts I work with/10