This evolution can also be traced through the arts. From the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution machines have become more and more prominent in art, from Monet's smokestacks to Warhol's machine-like replication. Stories such as Rebecca Harding Davis' "Life in the Iron Mills" can be read as writers trying to grapple with some of the societal implications of this technology, as modern cyberpunk writers do today.

Perhaps the field which most obviously reflects society's growing obsession with mahcines, though, is music.Completely revolutionized, first by machines, and now by digital technology, music has often had its fingers closer to the heartbeat of  our everyday world than other, more academically dominated fields. In the 1970s the German group Kraftwerk first hit the scene. Its members grew up in a factory town, and their music is highly influenced by the repetitive rythms, pounding, and clanking of the assembly lines. As one group member puts it "We think machines are funky." Their single Computer Love was the inspiration for the title of this site.

But a group like Kraftwerk could almost categorized as bunch of loonies, except for the fact that they single-handedly founded an entire style of music. This style, known appropriately as Techno, is categorized by computer-like noises, funky beats, the use of samples, and the complere lack of any traditional musical instrument whatsoever. The advent of digital technology has given these musicians even more potential, and modern groups such as Emergency Broadcast Network keep pushing the envelope, taking the technology to the next level.

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