A Song A Day: Beerwine King – ‘HAL 9000’


Sci-fi fans may recognise the title of today’s A Song A Day entry…

Oakland’s Beerwine King‘s latest track ‘HAL 9000’ is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Instead of going down the synthwave route though, the band have stuck with their own alt rock sound to convey their message. The track sounds like a scratchy, sinewy version of bands like The Life And Times – right up my street.

Beerwine King explain:

‘HAL 9000’ was inspired by the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The lyrics are from the point of view of HAL 9000, the supercomputer in charge of the spacecraft that the main characters are traveling in. The song attempts to humanize HAL in a sense. The guitar tones we used are wiry and noisy; we hoped to capture the tension between machine and man. At the end of the song, HAL 9000 dies, as he does in the film. We used effects pedals to create the sound of a computer dying and floating off into space.

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