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Repulse the Monkey

 From Fiction to Reality

Repulse   the   Monkey    began   life   as   a   very   successful,   albeit entirely   fictional   virtual   band:   supporting   cast   in   the   epic   SF novel   Darklife   by   Nathan   Brazil.   In   the   book   the   band   release a   single,   Chromium   Soul.   The   lyric   from   which      eventually made   its   way   into   reality,   via   ‘Goodbye   Spaceboy’   our   tribute to the late God of rock, David Bowie. Over time the idea began to evolve into a real world project producing actual songs, mostly via iPad apps. The name AMFAT: Artificial Music For Artificial Times is deliberately misleading. While the music and lyrical content are as genuine as can be, the voices used are all artificial in origin. After much experimentation we found that very convincing results could be obtained with artificial singers, using adapted digital voices created by Acapela. Was it man becoming machine, or machine moving ever closer to being indistinguishable from man? In the real world, musicians came together with a sonic dabbler, and a wordsmith. All of them taking names from fictional characters. A move made both to preserve anonymity and to play along with the original theme of a fictional band. Thus did the fellow in charge of production become Nathan Brazil (another one, just to blur the lines) and the lyricist assume the name Zen. Brazil was named after the author, who was himself borrowing the name of an iconic character in a series of novels by Jack L. Chalker. Zen was the supercomputer on the British SF TV show, Blakes 7. Other members are India Tate, a character in a Jonathan Carroll novel, and The Envoy, from the Wild Cards series, edited by George R. R. Martin. All roles played by people who are real as a real thing, yet ethereal as the steel breeze. BandCamp (album news and downloads) Orfium (old album) Acapela  (text-to-speech voices) AMFAT  (how the album was made)
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© Nathan Brazil 2016
Repulse the Monkey

 From Fiction to Reality

Repulse   the   Monkey    began   life   as   a   very   successful, albeit   entirely   fictional   virtual   band:   supporting   cast   in   the epic   SF   novel   Darklife   by   Nathan   Brazil.   In   the   book   the   band release    a    single,    Chromium    Soul.    The    lyric    from    which      eventually   made   its   way   into   reality,   via   ‘Goodbye   Spaceboy’ our tribute to the late God of rock, David Bowie. Over time the idea began to evolve into a real world project producing actual songs, mostly via iPad apps. The name AMFAT: Artificial Music For Artificial Times is deliberately misleading. While the music and lyrical content are as genuine as can be, the voices used are all artificial in origin. After much experimentation we found that very convincing results could be obtained with artificial singers, using adapted digital voices created by Acapela. Was it man becoming machine, or machine moving ever closer to being indistinguishable from man? In the real world, musicians came together with a sonic dabbler, and a wordsmith. All of them taking names from fictional characters. A move made both to preserve anonymity and to play along with the original theme of a fictional band. Thus did the fellow in charge of production become Nathan Brazil (another one, just to blur the lines) and the lyricist assume the name Zen. Brazil was named after the author, who was himself borrowing the name of an iconic character in a series of novels by Jack L. Chalker. Zen was the supercomputer on the British SF TV show, Blakes 7. Other members are India Tate, a character in a Jonathan Carroll novel, and The Envoy, from the Wild Cards series, edited by George R. R. Martin. All roles played by people who are real as a real thing, yet ethereal as the steel breeze. BandCamp (album news and downloads) Orfium (old album) Acapela  (text-to-speech voices) AMFAT  (how the album was made)