SYNTHETIQ: "Memories of Earth"

Мечтательный музон для тех кто дома или для тех кто откуда-то свалил и идет себе по улице (Сергей Сабуров)

One of the very few concrete facts surrounding Synthetiq is that he studied at Moscow's Institute of Aviation. Prior to that point, biographical context is virtually absent; after the Institute, science fiction predominates. Quite literally. This young man, whose VK profile declares him to be Amadeus Mozart, dedicates more sound to the hopes, fears, and graphic art of sci-fi gaming, which seemingly offers more appeal than modern aeronautics. Fiction outdoes science, on a regular basis. 

Part of that allure comes in a brand-new mini album from Synethetiq, released on the capital's #interghetto label. Sergey Saburov has just defined the recording as "wistful music for folks at home - or perhaps for people who've just left a venue and are winding their way homeward." 

The recording itself has a Russian title, which in English would read "Memories of Earth." That same phrase, over time, has attached itself to all manners of retrospective projects, ranging from an Oculus Rift  immersive experience to an English-language hymn of the late Nineteenth Century. Homelessness and nostalgia have proven a fruitful, philosophical combination.



The former VR effort is designed to evoke the homelessness of a "lone astronaut, adrift in space after the total destruction of Earth." The future offers nothing whatsoever, whereas a strangely-named hymn of 1898 by W.P. Mackay fills that same emptiness with a divine, paternal figure. "When we reach our Father’s dwelling, / On the strong eternal hills, / And our praise to Him is swelling / Who the vast creation fills, / Shall we then recall the sadness, / And the clouds that hung so dim, / When our hearts were turned from hardness, / And our feet from paths of sin?" In the digital world, Earth is remembered with considerable affection; from Mackay's pulpit, however, the same terrestrial location is filled with both sadness and sin. It is happily left behind.  


Synthetiq fuses the two, using not only questions instead of statements, but also referencing the "singularity," or future moment when the combined processing power of Earth's computers will outpace the mental skill (and political power) of mankind. Hence, it would seem, this recording's additional nod towards " Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" - the seminal sci-fi novel of 1968 by Philip K. Dick –– which in turn inspired Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" (1982). The whereabouts of natural life - of actuality - are unsure. Home is possibly nowhere to be seen. 

"These are young android dreams. They are apparently simple in structure, yet they also express some profound, melancholic thoughts about the Singularity and illusions [overall]. Is this a kind of homecoming – to a world that has already changed?"