Neal Williamson. Pearl in the Shell. (Solaris Rising 2)

solarisrising2A cautionary tale from Williamson, positing a future in which music has been ruined by an International Copyright Simplification Programme, which has determined that there are in fact only a finite number of truly unique melodies and lyrics. Which means that there’s nothing left to be written that won’t be identified as directly linked to a previous song.

The Victaz crew are in London, making their way through public transport, stealing music and ‘mashing it up’ to produce music with short clips – the only way to circumvent the copyright laws. Some nice touches throughout.

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