IOLET: Music from the World of Anathem

According to Al Billings, who received an advanced reader copy of Anathem, Neal Stephenson's upcoming new novel, the book came with a CD of seven musical tracks with titles like "Proof Using Finite Projective Geometry" and "Sixteen Color Prime Generating Automation." Writes Al:

[F]rankly, this is some weird shit... The musical styles are all over the map except that they all only use human voices (and occasionally hands).

I wonder if they are algorithmic compositions of some sort. I'm once again anxious to read the next 1,000 page Stephenson novel.


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The phrase "1,000 page Stephenson novel" just makes me tired.

Lorelei | Tue, 06/24/2008 - 11:11pm

It makes me tired, too... of non-1,000 page Neal Stephenson novels!

crazymonk | Tue, 06/24/2008 - 11:39pm

I wish this time it was a quadriligy. Oh well.

Los Angeles Anthony | Wed, 06/25/2008 - 9:36am

I can't seem to figure this out: did Stephenson himself do the music? I thought he only listens to speed metal. Did he work with someone on it? It's a neat idea, the CD with the book, but also sort of endearingly archaic.

Jesse | Thu, 06/26/2008 - 5:12am

Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing says this guy did the music.

crazymonk | Thu, 06/26/2008 - 8:55am

Anyone who includes sound, wine and cheese under the rubric "synthesist" and then identifies him/herself thusly is alright in my book.

Jesse | Fri, 06/27/2008 - 11:54am