Thursday, 29 December 2016

INSPIRATION

Electronic rocker and record producer Klayton on how he got to where he is now. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

CARRIE FISHER ( 1956 - 2016 )

Out of all the stars we expected to dodge the '2016' bullet, we thought it would be Carrie. Even after she was taken ill on Christmas Eve, we thought she would emerge, days, maybe weeks later, in 2017, feistiness intact, middle finger raised, thus signalling the end in the appalling run of celebrity fatalities that marked this particular twelve months.

Unfortunately, it was not to be. As 2016 taught us over and over again, life does not follow the narrative you want.

There are charming clips of the original Star Wars cast surfacing all the time on the internet. We'll add to this as we go along, but in the meantime, let's start with this one:





Very funny impromptu 2005 interview with Carrie, by British comedian Justin Lee Collins.


Monday, 19 December 2016

BRAND NEW! BLADE RUNNER 2049 TEASER TRAILER!

REWINDING A CYBERPUNK CLASSIC: RICHARD STANLEY'S 'HARDWARE' ( 1990 )

There's a shot in the new Blade Runner 2049 trailer that is very reminiscent of a similar shot in the 1990 movie HARDWARE, so we thought we'd include some clips as a little side-bar to the aforementioned, heavily-anticipated Harrison Ford sequel.


Above: HARDWARE poster art



For a short while at the beginning of the 90's, director Richard Stanley was the up-and-coming indie auteur to watch. Coming from a background of music videos and documentaries, Stanley was able to bring a widescreen vision to HARDWARE, a small-scale, low-budget sci-fi flick, that references both Terminator and Evil Dead. The film was a success and garnered a cult following, and was followed up by the equally good Dust Devil, a slow-burning horror film shot on location in Namibia ( Stanley was born in South Africa, and so has an affinity for the African continent ). However, subsequent career missteps meant that he has maintained a relatively low profile compared to the indie kids who came after him ( notably Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez ), and so he failed to capitalise on the huge mainstream appetite for original indie film-making that came to define 90s cult cinema.

Hardware was unavailable on DVD until 2009, when it was released as a special edition.

MINI DOCUMENTARY



FAN CUT OF PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED'S 'THE ORDER OF DEATH'
( FROM THE SOUNDTRACK ):


Sunday, 18 December 2016

MAY THE FORGE BE WITH YOU: HOW TO PRODUCE INDUSTRIAL METAL, BY KLAYTON

Production maestro Klayton ( aka Scandroid, & Celldweller ), talks us through how he went back to the 90s for his industrial outfit CIRCLE OF DUST's 2016 resurrection.


And here is the result...


Album review soon!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

MONA LISA OVERHAUL - NEW EDITIONS OF THE CYBERPUNK CLASSICS

William Gibson's groundbreaking early novels finally get a UK make-over.

Book cover art by Daniel Brown / Design by Sinem Erkas


Here at Future-Rocker's headquarters we have long bemoaned the appalling state of many sci-fi book covers. Luckily, some progressive-minded art directors realise that a strong font or an enigmatic cover can provoke the imagination, rather than give the viewer everything on a plate.

Daniel Brown's cover art perfectly captures the feel of 'The Sprawl' ( the vast megacity of Gibson's novels ), yet also reminds us that there are places on earth right now that already look like this.

Sci-fi fans are a conservative lot, so it's always been a risky business not having some lovingly-airbrushed interplanetary vista or 'cool'-looking reject from an 80s rock video adorning the cover. Sadly, the 80s rock analogy held sway over Gibson's oeuvre here in the UK for what seemed like decades.

We haven't read the novels since the old days, but were discussing round the office if it's worth digging the classics out to see if they hold up. The new editions give us a reason not to have to crawl around in our dusty old vaults looking for them. We can just order these brand-new editions from Amazon and enjoy the Inception-like cover vibe and collectability, thus saving ourselves the hassle. With the first of them, Neuromancer, being released this December, it's just in time for Christmas. Hell, we'll even pay extra for a drone to fly it down the chimney.


Neuromancer was published in mass market paperback 8th December 2016, Burning Chrome, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive will be published in mass market paperback, 9th February 2017.





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THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE...

Hey, don't get us wrong, we actually love these classic 80s covers...





It's the goddawful 90s Gibsons we have a problem with...ugh!



PENGUIN GALAXY EDITIONS: COVER DESIGNS BY ALEX TROCHUT

One of the most notable releases of 2016 was this collection of beautiful hardback volumes from the sci-fi and fantasy pantheon, including Dune, Neuromancer and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The covers are unified by a series of inventive font designs by acclaimed illustrator and typographer Alex Trochut.

Covers, left to right:
The Left Hand Of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin; Dune - Frank Herbert;
2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke; Neuromancer - William Gibson;
Stranger In A Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein; The Once And Future King - T.H. White.


You can purchase these books individually for £15.69 ( UK ) or $21.50 ( US ). If you want the spectacular box set, don't buy from Amazon UK, get it at the considerably cheaper price of $158.78 on AMAZON.COM.

FOR MORE SCI-FI BOOK DESIGNS, KEEP SCROLLING

CIRCLE OF DUST, RECOMMISSIONED

Hugely prolific Detroit-based electronic musician Klayton ( also known as Celldweller ) has released a new video for his resurrected 90s industrial project CIRCLE OF DUST.

CoD was originally put on ice due to complicated legal disputes with a former label, in response to which, Klayton went on to form CELLDWELLER and grow his thriving label FIXTMUSIC to produce and market his own music ( as well as that of other acts such as Blue Stahli, The Qemists and The Algorithm ).

Recalling surrealist pioneer Louis Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou, and Shinya Tsukamoto's horrifying 90s cyberpunk body-horror movie TETSUO, the video perfectly captures the aesthetics of 90s industrial music, as performed by bands like Die Krupps, KMFDM, and Schnitt Acht.


Circle of Dust has remastered and re-released it's entire back catalogue, culminating in a brand-new 2016 album, Machines of Our Disgrace. This track is taken from that album.* 



*There will be a comprehensive overview of FIXT's recent output on this blog soon.




BILLY IDOL: SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM ( 1993 )

TOTALLY RECALLING BILLY IDOL'S CYBERPUNK-INSPIRED VIDEO


One of the many 80's rock careers put on hold by Grunge, Billy Idol's entry into the brave new 90s didn't exactly pan out as planned, despite attempting to look futuristic, edgy and confrontational. However, looking back, this is a great slice of retro-MTV...from a time when MTV still played music. 

With the then-recent LA riots still in mind, at the beginning of the 90s people clearly expected William Gibson's dystopian cyberpunk novels such as Neuromancer and Count Zero to become reality. Luckily, that didn't happen...for at least fifteen years. 

Enjoy this visual mashup of Hellraiser III, the original Total Recall, and of course, Shinya Tsukamoto's cult hit, Tetsuo The Iron Man ( which you can see more of by scrolling down ).





Compare and contrast...


'KINDRED' SPIRITS: MORE COLLECTABLE SCI-FI

In the past we've loved the wacky pixel-heavy covers that adorned Philip K Dick's catalogue during the nineties, under the US imprint Vintage Books.

However, we have to admire the recent very cool, and understated, PKD covers on the Mariner Books editions, also in the US ( a nice change to see his initials boldly taking up the space on the cover: 'PKD' is how fans refer to him ).






CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE GREAT SCI-FI ART: SANDA ZAHIROVICH'S BRILLIANT 'GOLLANCZ SPACE OPERA' COVERS, AS FEATURED ON MONOBLOG.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

'SHOUT' : SCANDROID'S TEARS FOR FEARS COVER

The album arrived at our HQ this week ( review coming soon ), and brilliantly captures that 80s Sci-Fi vibe, and then some.