Welcome to the (godless & disinfected) wired, an upper layer of the real world where we are connected but disaffected all the time. The now 24-year-old ultimate cult anime series Serial Experiments Lain provided one of those turn-of-the-century prophecies still relevant today—remember that stranger on Layer 08 who told Lain that the big companies are trying to control Protocol 7 so as to control the economy of the Wired? Well, we don’t have Protocol 7, so unfortunately we don’t merge with the Wired; but we do have an internet gated by the big corps™ where our attention is bought and sold. We are miserable, but we do try to carve out our place on the internet and release a compilation of reimagined sounds for our beloved SEL.
Why we are doing this, you wonder? Did you know in the past few years there's been a steady growth of google search for the series? You have probably seen the niche meme of breakcore producers using Lain aesthetic as well? But you see, the aesthetic is appropriated by even the EDM and big room techno producers. What else does the image of Lain symbolize if not “look, I create too” these days?
We want to invite people to create—friends, collaborators, people we appreciate—in the name of Lain as well. In this compilation there’s no predefined concepts nor stylistic restrictions for the creator as they were free to create their vision of ‘Club Cyberia’ with or without utilizing the source materials.
No one can really tell what ‘Club Cyberia’ sounds like, but perhaps it could be defined by a momentarily shared moment between peers via a broadcast of the sound files and text messages in the URL. Recalling some time ago the wired was to connect souls through the ethernet of connection seeking, as we were dialing into the webs of untethered signals.
Come hang out at our (lainOS project inspired) site as well. We know what it’s like to have less or to not have access to any physical public space at all: we’ve been through (or are still going through) lockdowns, we see hostile designs, we are sick, or we don’t have enough to spend in a mall. If music and a place to chat is any solace, our site has done its job.
released November 4, 2022
Master by Nerve
Cover By Simone
Website by Muon
Website Concept inspired by lainOS lainos.org
Curated by Anlin & Gavin
Source Material from Serial Experiments Lain (1998)