Building the Panopticon

by Aaron Spectre





released December 13, 2016

artwork by Machine Throne



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Track Name: Building the Panopticon
obvious propaganda
these are the old ways
the new fascism has more complex tactics

it survives by its multiplicity
being all things to all people
an omnipresent whisper

turning brother against brother
sister against sister
tribe against tribe

the whole society lurches towards automation
like a robotic octopus whose tentacles believe
they are all independent

working towards one goal
building the panopticon
Track Name: Replicate and Survive
the year is 2046
what was once human thought
contained in bodies and minds
has become a liquid web
rivers of electric light

mutating congealing
forming factions
wrapping the world in a constant hum

the year is 2046
deep in the datasphere
drum & bass has become self-aware

its only goal the same as all lifeforms
organic and digital
replicate and survive
Track Name: Robot Future
law one: a robot may not injure a human being or
through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm

law two: a robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings
except where such orders would conflict with the first law

law three: a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection
does not conflict with the first or second law

law four: a robot may not harm humanity or
by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm
Track Name: The Void Which Binds
once upon a time, there was the void
and the void was beyond time
unbound, untethered in space
the void which binds has leaked backwards and forwards
to the beginning and the end of all things

the void which binds is stitched of quantum stuff
lying around space-time like a blanket
just as zen is not a religion but is religion
so the void which binds is not a state of mind
but is the state of mind

the void which binds is more than silence
it is the beginning of hearing
those who enter the void which binds
have taken their first step towards a greater world
learning the language of the dead