NPR | First watch: Ra Ra Riot “Binary Mind”

August 28, 2013

Source: NPR — August 12, 2013 | Robin Hilton

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Syracuse-based rock group Ra Ra Riot’s latest album, Beta Love, is steeped heavily in science fiction and futurist theories, with tales of robots, lives stranded in space and, on the song “Binary Mind,” the merging of computers and human brains.

In a new video for the track, the band members’ disembodied heads playfully float and bob in a kaleidoscopic, digital landscape.

Ra Ra Riot frontman Wes Miles says “Binary Mind” was one of the first cuts written for Beta Love and helped shape the entire album. “It’s written from the perspective of a fictionalized version of futurist Ray Kurzweil,” Miles tells us via email.

“In the song, he longs for his deceased father, and is wishing to survive to the point when he can merge with a computer and become immortal by essentially uploading his consciousness into the Internet. But more importantly, he wants to recreate an avatar of his father whom he misses immensely. He is battling with time and his own deteriorating body which eventually he hopes he will cast away.” [...]

Ra Ra Riot | Beta Love: “Binary Mind” lyrics

This body that I own
Has got no use anymore
But to go to rack and ruin, oh
This body that I own
I can’t tell you what it’s for
I can’t tell you, I can’t tell you, no
Alone in my room…

Why, tell me why
I wanna read you with this binary mind
Cause if I do, I’m sure that we’ll be complete
Oh, that’s why I need this binary mind
So I can forget how lonely feels

This body that I own
Is giving up a thank you for
The information given me, oh I
(Oh, I found)
This body that I own
Is part of everything I’ve learned
It’s gone, why, why, why?
If they don’t mind, no

Why, tell me why
I wanna read you with this binary mind
Cause if I do, I’m sure that we’ll be complete
Oh, that’s why I need this binary mind
So I can forget how lonely feels

I don’t know why you’ve gone
It’s a technocratic future world
Though it’s only time ahead
But alone in my room
It don’t matter, just prepare my release

Why, tell me why
I wanna read you with this binary mind
Cause if I do, I’m sure that we’ll be complete
Oh, that’s why I need this binary mind
So I can forget how lonely feels
So I can forget how lonely feels
Cause if it’s falling apart, it’s falling apart
And if I don’t, I don’t agree
I won’t let that stop this, no
I won’t let that stop
This is falling apart
I won’t let that, though I don’t

This body that I own
This body that I own