Singularity Now: The Future Worlds of Yesterday

by Virtual Intelligence

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"Singularity Now" almost didn't happen. After a harsh re-evaluation of what I wanted with regards to the direction of Virtual Intelligence I decided to go through all of the work I had done with my music over the last two years and compile the best of the best. In total, I wrote about twenty songs during this period, and only nine ended up here.

While I hadn't read Douglas Ruskoff's book "Present Shock" at the time, the concepts he discusses with regards to Alvin Toffler's the concept of "Future Shock" being now definitely resonate within the scope of this work. Many of my life experiences from the last ten years of my life made it into "Singularity Now," and although it may not be apparent this album is intensely personal for me as an artist.

In the future will I still need you to recount and make me see?
That I’ll never recover myself--from the machine I’ve become
And the person I’ll never be.

Written, recorded, and mastered from super moon to super blood moon: June 22nd, 2013 to September 27th, 2015.

I would like to thank the following people for their continued support and inspiration:

My beloved Eternal Sphere, Dr. Aquino (Bonne Fête!), M. Apollonius, Tamara, Lilia, Dr. Daniel Simon, Dr. Belinga (thanks for my Blade Runner nose!), Dr. Luis Capitán, Jenny's Nest, Nana-Hannah, the staff of HC Hospital in Marbella, Aeryn and my family in Massachusetts, Angel (I wish we had more time!), Monalisa, Batty Von Bats, H.P. Lovecraft, Phillip K. Dick, Dr. Davis, Mr. Ivy, JF, Mr. Liddell, Mr. Pridgen, G.B. Marian, Hanh Nguyen (aka Mogknight), RadGalaxy, Megan, Des, Morte McAdaver and Sorrowseed, Eric Pelligrini, Clay and Black Coffee Sound, Robert Pollard and Wandering Oak, Robert Ibarra and Immersed in Darkness, Marilyn Sam, Yun and Didi, Lynn and Terese, Run, Abena, Kay, Heather, Zora, the Three Sisters, Bonnie, Tiff and Ben, and all the tentacle porn that kept me entertained over the last two years.

To all the cities I've visited in the last year, Marbella, Madrid, Zurich, Atlanta (more like HOT-Lanta), New York City, Salem, Dallas, Tucson, and Charleston.

THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF TERROR!

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released October 16, 2015

All music, lyrics, vocals, guitars and additional keyboards by Nikoletta Winters.

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered in several bedrooms in several cities, in several countries.

Live drums on "Cancel Death" and "The Future Worlds of Yesterday (The Last Rock 'n Roll) by M. Apollonius.

Art and logo by luciferiumwargraphics.com

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Virtual Intelligence plays Neon Metal–a fusion of industrial goth, electronica, J-rock, and symphonic black metal. Lyrically concerned with science-fiction, Vi represents a departure from the overplayed tropes of the cybergoth movement. Vi features the music of the transgender post-renaissance woman, Nikoletta–who’s previously offered her talents to bands such as Sin Origin and Sorrowseed. ... more

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Track Name: Ghost Generation (Aeryn's Song)
Lyrics:

Love isn’t everyone or everything
Love isn’t happiness for all to see
Love isn’t what you do or what you say
Love isn’t making it through today

Love isn’t time, truth, or understanding
Love isn’t will, or fear, or pretending
Or is it giving someone what they need
It’s living the life of who you want to be

Your skin pressed to mine…cold.
Plastic dreams of living long
We live more to die
When we’re gone are we really gone?
Do minds outlive time? Show—
How we dance far above the stars
Your skin pressed to mine…cold.
Track Name: Cancel Death
Lyrics:

Even though we tried...
To run away
Get away
From the Pain of—
This second life of mine
I can’t run away
From this second life of mine

Hold me closer to your flesh
As I freeze the world today
From a distance I see happiness
At least I thought so—anyway

Hear lost smiles—with your touch
Time has left us all again
Please forget you ever knew me…and
Three words I never said.

(Chorus):
And what I thought
Isn’t what you’d be
Is what you’d want to see
You unplug me
That, I’ll guarantee.
Hear my sadness scream
A storm of data to the skies
Do I belong to you, or you to I?

Deep within we pray
I never pray
But I prayed
That I prayed now
To take back words I say
No—I wouldn’t say
That I would unsay them now

Listen—can we talk about
How the world was yesterday?
Will the next one end tomorrow?
Will the last one start today?

(Chorus):
And what I thought
Isn’t what you’d be
Is what you’d want to see
You killed my heart.
That, I guarantee.
Hear my sadness scream
A storm of data to the skies
Do I belong to you, or you to I?

What can you say
When life gives up on me now? (now, now, now)
Can I cope living two lives?
What did you do
When I said what I mean now? (now, now, now)
Log me on. Leave me behind.
Track Name: Love Across Lightyears
Lyrics:

You know that I love you
With all of my heart
Though you must understand
That on this world…
I cannot!

Then why did you say…
That we would always be?
That you would be there.
Just you, the stars. And me.

I will be!
No! Not this time
No! Not in this life.
My soul can’t live without you.
But tonight? Our love has died.

Love is like a second wind
That allows us all to breathe.
But for some they’ll die without a breath
Far away…from across the sea…
of Stars—you’ll learn to catch glimpse of our love
Know that I care.
That we’ll meet once more on other worlds
That we’d die to just get there.

Moving on.

For our love across lightyears
Seems so far to me
Won’t you say?
We must find another way.
When our love across lightyears
Seems so far from me
Won’t you say…
We can find another way.

Moving on now. Moving on.
Moving on now. Moving on now.
Moving on.
Moving on now. Moving on.
Moving on now. Moving on now.
Moving on.
Track Name: Synthetic Synthia's Exo-Erotica Cyber Death Party
Lyrics:

All the Gods left paradise
In cold of oldest cold
Living up their lives above us all
No fashion sense
All the Dead have died in fact
I know, I know, it’s known
Piled up in bodies torn apart
New fashion sense

Try me out—wear out my—BODY
If it’s hard—do it every way
Purchase the newest new model
Die to live—to serve another day

(Chorus):
BOW! TO THE GODS OF THE DEATH!
TO BOW!
BOW! TO THE GODDESS OF FUKK!

Not too soft, here the pain is mine
Fuck me dead—never cross the line
Come on over baby
Climb up closer to me—yeah.

Lovely lives for sale—that you can
Own, own, own
Programmed right to die inside (pleasure domes of)
Their fashion sense
I’m new now but if you tire
Dispose, the old, the old
Be the first to set
The future fashion sense

Try me out—wear out my—BODY
If it’s hard—do it every way
Purchase the newest new model
Die to live—to live another day

(Chorus):

BOW! TO THE GODS OF THE DEATH!
TO BOW!
BOW! TO THE GODDESS OF FUCK!

Can’t you see that I fulfill a need now?
What you need is what you have in me now!
When you’re through you can dispose of me…how?
Where you do it isn’t up to me at all

Build me up as God and tear me down
Kiss me hard as Love or kill me now
Give me life and take it fast away
Deconstruct my soul—I’ll do what you say
Track Name: The Future Worlds of Yesterday (The Last Rock 'n Roll)
Lyrics:

Death is just what you thought
It is their plan to just hold you back!
Days before, you walked the future worlds
In disbelief

Time is just a burning flame…you cannot betray
Let this moment pass
Please, one last kiss for me,
How…?
Now?
Now!
Can you love what you don’t see?
Tomorrow’s life is who you’re meant to be.

All I see are saviors
Every screen—a light of truth
Every screen the gospel
Every thought, I thought for you.

Will we outlast time—or lose ourselves
And the everything
That makes us whole?
Can we have one last embrace?
Forget about our yesterdays—
So splendid…
The world has changed
We’ve lost control

(Chorus:)
Nothing left to do
But to sing
Our last rock ’n roll

All that’s said has been done
What is done that is not said?
Numbers shouldn’t struggle
What’s the point
When nothing lies ahead?

If this was my last today
I would rock the stage!
Looking back no longer seems to bring me forward.
Singing out against what mankind’s headed toward.

Looking back no longer brings us forward.
Track Name: Life Extension Prophecy
Lyrics:

Lost—learn to take a breath
(Is the self) what lies before you?
When you know you’ve got it going on—you breathe
Lost—learn to take a breath
(Is the self) what lies before you?
When you know just how to program lies—you deceive
Life—only deals in death
Tears lie before you.
Where we’re going isn’t far from Hell—I believe
Love—doesn’t feel the same
When it destroys you
Sell your body, buy a new one, be yourself or be me.

Die. Die. Die to become perfect…kill the old. The trashed. The new. Embrace.
Sleep! Sleep! Asleep. Be numb. Be cold, without hurt. Flesh dies. Erased.
Rise! Rise. Arise! Become a beauteous sun. Shine. Divine. And with taste.
Be! See yourself reborn. Again and again. Life goes just as far as you can pay. (Flesh goes just as far as you can strain!)

(Chorus):
And when the Sun rises up, upon the meadow of shadow.
You’ll see—all the things that you won’t see.
Suns rising up upon the meadows of shadow
Arise, we’ll show you who you were meant to be.

Lost—learn to take a breath
(Is the self) what lies before you?
Skies are bleeding broken promises that you made to me
Lost—learn to take a breath
(Is the self) what lies before you?
When you know just how to play the game you can’t be deceived
Life—only deals in death
Tears lie before you.
Where we’re going isn’t far from Hell I believe
Love—doesn’t feel the same
When it destroys you
Bathe together in the last romance aflame by the sea

(Bridge/ending):
Buy—be yourself in the body you want to be.
Die—kill yourself in the body you hate.
Be, see yourself born again, for beauty’s sake
Live, beyond life, just as long as you can pay

(just as long as you can pay…)
Track Name: Calculating Fate: Never Mourn Tomorrow
Lyrics:

What use is life when life is living death?
Awake—it’s time to settle the score.
Don’t dare to let love strangle or hold you back
Without it—you can be much more.
I know it’s easy to just sit and hope
If you do—you’ll learn to live in the past.
Be here now, in this moment—act without a doubt
For tonight, it might just be your last

(Chorus:)
Pull yourself ahead for me…
Love…is a desperate word.
Love…is a desperate word.
Love…is a desperate word.

Be your greatest treasure.
Think not of the past.
Live for now, become your truth
For tonight, it might just be your last.

Die if it means pleasure.
Learn to be your own.
Choose the road less traveled on
The best future is the one unknown

The best laid plans can’t simply fall into place
When fear of nothing ventured is loss
Never mourn tomorrow, yesterday hasn’t come
Time travels forward and never across.
The end of this world, just begins the next
And the next one’s always in disarray
One day may arrive when we are hardly alive
Will we fall, or will we find our way?

(Chorus:)
Pull yourself ahead for me…
Love…is a desperate word.
Love…is a desperate word.
Love…is a desperate word.