A series of films about how humans have been colonised by the machines they have built. Although we don't realise it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.
This is the story of the dream that rose up in the 1990s that computers could create a new kind of stable world. They would bring about a new kind global capitalism free of all risk and without the boom and bust of the past. They would also abolish political power and create a new kind of democracy through the internet where millions of individuals would be connected as nodes in cybernetic systems - without hierarchy.
The film tells the story of two perfect worlds. One is the small group of disciples around the novelist Ayn Rand in the 1950s. They saw themselves as a prototype for a future society where everyone could follow their own selfish desires. The other is the global utopia that digital entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley set out to create in the 1990s. Many of them were also disciples of Ayn Rand. They believed that the new computer networks would allow the creation of a society where everyone could follow their own desires, yet there would not be anarchy. They were joined by Alan Greenspan who had also been a disciple of Ayn Rand. He became convinced that the computers were creating a new kind of stable capitalism - "Like a New Planet", he said.
But the dream of stability in both worlds would be torn apart by the two dynamic human forces - love and power.
Quite heavy going but if you like economics and philosophy(!!) then it's worth a watch (who doesn't like economics AND philosophy?!!!).
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
You have to copy the embed code, there should be a link on the youtube page where it says 'embed'. Just tried it now and it isn't that obvious any more, you have to click 'share' then 'embed' and then copy the code!
Yes the music has been brilliant on on that set of documentaries, I am sure the other night on the 3rd show in the series there was the opening bars from an old David Holmes track which I used to be into:
(it was just the bell tolling sound though so could have been any bells maybe lol... I like to think he picked David Holmes thou )
I am going to check out your links now cos I want to know what some of the other tracks were!
Whilst I am here, this is something I listened to the other day and was well into being a bit of an old school raver at one point(!):
Is a mix tape done in the last month or so by Richard Russell from XL recordings (old school rave/hiphop label / prodigy label / more recently famed for producing/signing/nurturing The XX)
Cheers for the clip too, Munk. Remember buying that David Holmes album back in 1995, still proudly in my collection, but not been played for a long, long time. Need to dig it back out again. Will have to download that Richard Russell mix too.
You're definitely right by the way, it was 'No Mans Land' in last nights third part.
And back on topic, here's another clip, a cracking Ewan Pearson remix on Buzzin' Fly, from earlier this year, which I've been listening to a load.
yes David Holmes is top, on of my fav albums ever is Lets Get Killed. Shame he stopped doing stuff after 2000 or so, I think he went on to do film soundtracks instead didn't he (Out of Sight was pretty good). (edit: actually he's got a new album out late 2010 apparently?! Have to check it out, I am setting myself up to be disappointed... hope i'm wrong ... bah no it's a compilation / best of album )
edit2: and ... wtf, apparently he did the soundtrack for the Red Dead Redemption game that came out last year as well?! Wow, was going to check that game out, extra incentive to do it now.
Dazed, Munk - also been enjoying AWOBMOLG - need to catch the last episode which has hopefully sky+ when home at the w/e. Loved the 1st episode, 2nd kind of went over my head but did watch it at 5am after being woken by a neighbours burgular alarm!
Great work on digging out the tracks too - i've really enjoyed the songs used. Picking tracks for tv/movies was always something i fancied doing as a kid - shame i became an accountant, it certainly doesn't hold the same sway at parties!
However i'd forgotten how great that kills album is - must get it on my iphone. Also not got the older burial album, but love the newer one and the tune you linked, so something to investigate.
Have to say maybe i'm getting old but struggling to get excited about much new music these days. Was excited about the new friendly fires album but what a pile of tosh. Can't believe its by the same band as they're corking debut.
So from a similar period as David Holmes (i loved lets get killed - was a mini disc fave!!) here is something i loved then and still listen to now: