Saturday, April 3, 2010

i'm your operator with my pocket calculator (songs about technology, machines and anything in between)

First of all, my public apologies for not being able to refresh this blog constantly as you deserve, but work has been killer ever since my return to the country. Hopefully this will not happen again. That is, until I get to fly again.

Let's begin.

Modern technology is designed to help us ease our daily struggles and simplify them. It's unbelievable to think that our lives have changed drasticly during the past decade or so: from big we went to small. Small computers, small mobile telephones. Everything is smaller these days, and we sure like it. But sometimes, even the smallest and easiest thing or device could be extremely overwhelming.

I remember one day that a journalist trainee went to my workplace to learn about what we do everyday at the radio station. It only took about 15 to 20 minutes for the guy (a 40-something fella) to call us for help. He only minimized the window and got really worried and thought he did something wrong. Later, he confesed to us that in his previous job he only got to use electronic typewritters. Clearly, this man was not ready for the kind of job that I do. Not only that, he was not ready for computers and modern technology in general, and that's a shame really. But I kinda understand him. Maybe he was more accustomed by what we now consider as obsolete. But we were there, in his shoes: starting our computer techniques with Windows 3.1, with "Solitaire" and "Paint" being our sole entertainment purposes, in an era where Internet was a distant luxury instead of an actual need.

Now I wonder, did all that tech-talking i planned out made sense? at all? I'm not sure really, just wanted to have some sort of context to the songs I wanted to share today. From big to small, from pocket calculators with sounds to ordinary funny computer-like noises that could make us want to dance or more.

MP3: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator
MP3: Joe Jackson - Stepping Out
MP3: Propaganda - Machinery
MP3: Depeche Mode - New Life
MP3: Grovesnor - Taxi from The Airport
MP3: DAT Politics - Magnetic Attraction

Bonus MP3: Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)

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