Celebrated music and culture journalist Simon Reynolds has announced a new book. 'Futuromania: Electronic Dreams, Desiring Machines and Tomorrow's Music Today' documents influential electronic sounds from the 1970s onward and will go on sale 11th April 2024 through White Rabbit Books.
The work looks at artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Burial, Daft Punk, Giorgio Moroder and Boards of Canada. Meanwhile, trends and technological advancements are charted, from the impact of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' to the introduction of auto-tune in the 21st Century. The author, whose previous work includes 'Energy Flash', cites this latest publication as a counterpoint to his 2010 offering, 'Retromania'.
"I’m thrilled to be reunited with Lee Brackstone and excited to join the adventurous list at White Rabbit. 'Futuromania' is a twisted sister to 'Retromania'," said Reynolds. "[The book] explores the interface between science fiction and pop music, the human use and abuse of technology, and the dreams and nightmares stirred up by electronic sounds.”
“I’ve worked with Simon on all his publications since his masterpiece, 'Rip it Up and Start Again' back in 2005 so this feels like getting married all over again — not that we were ever divorced," said White Rabbit Publisher Brackstone. "Futuromania is his first publication for eight years, and the first of two books we are committed to together. I can’t wait to share them both with his many fans and acolytes.”
You can pre-order the book here.