By Andrea Caccese
What if sentient robots could actually make music? Maybe that’s a bit far-fetched for now, but we are still happy to see people in robot suits behind the DJ decks. That’s what Cyberpunk is all about: such a unique cultural phenomenon is known for blending outlandish fashion and forward-thinking electronic music with sci-fi themes…without taking itself too seriously. Cyberpunk attracts lots of people who are open to creativity and innovation, hence the look to the future as a fun and powerful metaphor. You will often find followers of this trend fashioning their own clothes to look like they’re out of a Mad Max film or Tron characters: they’re also quite fond of a particular blend of music that combines the flavor of retro genres with a synth-driven, futuristic look.
Still confused? Popular producer duo Daft Punk is possibly the most popular example of the cyberpunk style out there. Their sound is heavily inspired by 70s and 80s influences, yet there’s a unique “space-age” element to it, including the mysterious identity of the two artists, their robotic melodies and their notorious android outfit. Even before the days of Daft Punk, electronic music pioneers the likes of Kraftwerk borrowed at least some their aesthetics from the cyberpunk theme.
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