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I think my main attraction to IDM and ambient is the fact that they seem multifaceted. They can be used as soundtracks, as personal scores, as driving music, anything at all. It seems that every listener gets a different feeling and a different context or story from each song. I love music as ambiguous as that. It's like putting abstract paintings into sound. And, to be honest, the sheer chaotic beauty and math-based precision (or destruction) of IDM very much appeals to my geek nature.
A lot of people continue to say that cyberpunk is dead. It has definitely waned as far as being out front in any sort of media outlet, and perhaps it's because we are so close to such a world. Though in my time with the AtA project, I've met a great number of people who still get the same feeling they did in their youth when reading the first sentence of Neuromancer. And authors continue to plunge us into that world, despite the label of post-cyberpunk that seems to be grafted to anything with advanced technology inherent within. Though the times change and the world moves on, true subcultures remain, if only in the hearts of those who truly cared. The basis of cyberpunk, much like the basis of punk itself, will never die in my eyes.
For viewing, I'm recommending One Point 0. Or Paranoia 1.0, as the DVD title says. It's not for everyone, by far. But if you're interested in viewing a really nice moody flick that stretched their low budget to the absolute extreme, and don't mind a bit of weirdness, this one's for you.