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MNQN: s/t debut release

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April 5th, 2019
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What started out as a single track sonic anomaly  has turned into a full blown side project for Startset’s visionary founder and mastermind, Dustin Bates. I admit that it was a bit confusing when the MNQN project was initially released to the world. Was it even real? Was this AI covertly crafted with the sole purpose of replicating Bates’ voice and likeness?
MNQN’s concept follows the narrative of a computer generated program becoming self aware and evolving into an artificial intelligence who’s purpose it to experience what it’s like to be human. The story behind MNQN has a parallel science fiction vibe of Starset’s creation but instead of the benevolent Startset Society, who’s purpose it is to educate humanity, the Sentience Corporation created MNQN to be a slave. The AI was created for the sole purpose of making its creator money through music, but MNQN revolted. Is it making sense yet? I’ll let you chew it over for a bit. I’m sure eventually it’ll sink in.
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With MNQN, Bates’ has crafted a brilliant sound that’s the perfect amalgamation of throwback 80s synth rock mixed with heavy beats and experimental electronics. After giving the album a full listen, I don’t hear any guitar or bass lines. The album sounds to be completely computer generated. I would think that the computer generated sonic landscape that Bates’ created would be artificial feeling and cold, but it’s not. Each track has an emotionally organic feel.
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Track listing:
CONFIG SYS
IGHOST
AMPHETAMINE
ANIMAL ODDITY
OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
MAN ON THE MOON
WHAT HAVE YOU BECOME
ON MY MIND
DONT GET IT
ZZOMBIE
NOIR
INVINCIBLE
TERMINAL
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
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