Buried Technology

by Julius Smack

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“Buried Technology” is an EP of six songs recorded between 2016 and 2017, incorporating auto-tuned voice, atmospheric electronics, and a computer-folk sensibility. In “Buried Technology”, Julius Smack proposes an alternative use of big data, where behavior is used for psychology in lieu of benefiting the corporate elite.

Julius Smack uses software that came with his MacBook Air to communicate these ideas. In the music video for “Buried Technology” Julius Smack and Wizard Apprentice search for a missing phone that has fallen in the sand amid cheap iMovie effects, emphasizing the precious dependency we place on our devices, which are all but fated to turn to sand again.

The lyrics in songs like “Real Belief” and “One Day the Day Will Come When the Day Will Not Come” expand on French philosopher Paul Virilio’s 1997 book “Open Sky” concerning humankind’s “horizonlessness”—the distortion of reality as imposed by telecommunications and locomotion. How can we reorient to the realities imposed by these devices, before we too turn into buried technology?

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released July 31, 2017

Written and produced by Julius Smack. Wizard Apprentice performs vocals on “Buried Technology”. “Buried Technology” samples “Corn (Continued)” by Arthur Russell, 1982-1983. “Broken Chorus (Introduction)” samples “Tap Dance” by Moondog, 1956.

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Track Name: Broken Chorus (Excerpt)
Respect. Freedom. Peace on your dream. I forgot to read. The notes play out in broken chorus. Chime bells fall down the marble staircase.
Track Name: Real Belief
What do you know about me that I don’t know the difference between desire and fate? Crunch the data, beta psychologist. Tell me, am I infected or trained to be this way? Do you believe in the Internet of things?
Track Name: One Day the Day Will Come When the Day Will Not Come
One day I’ll learn to keep it to myself. To hold these dreams within, or else it seems real. Have you had enough? One day the day will come when the day will not come, and we'll see if I keep it in. And if it seems like it's real, how will you know to dream and keep it in? Give it some time or post it online. One day the day will come when the day doesn't come, and we won’t know if it happened.
Track Name: Ocean Sings
If you could sing, I would call. Cold patches in the March night. I can sweat under a hooded black sweater. Gold chains around my feet, catalog my dreams. Must stay on my gold. Must keep on swimming across the miles of twisted isolation. Sitting cross-legged, you must never speak of this again. Never say of my smile. Gold swimmers cross town.