Experimental electronic band makes their music available only on Github.

Making a new album easy to access for the fans makes sense, but Netcat, a Seattle-based electronic band, decided to make things a bit more challenging. Their latest album, Cycles Per Instruction, was made available on Github, but only to those who were able to “hack” its contents. The task required knowledge of the Linux operating system, and true to the band’s unique style, seemed to be the perfect way for them to release their latest collection of music.

The band uses a complicated setup for their music, which consists of 8 to 10 laptops, an instrumented Wi-Fi network, statistical language models, speech synthesis software, and a synth-based on computer vision algorithms. To ensure this complexity carried over to their album release, the band decided on a loadable kernel module for the Linux operating system. They also considered a custom hardware schematic, but the band member’s love for software swayed them back towards something less physical.

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