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Miike Snow On Tinnitus And Your Nanobot Future

“On my last trip to the Grand Canyon, I saw a lot of beautiful things. And I remember at one point over the holidays visiting Sedona, Arizona, and driving out into a wild place, where at dusk the sky was bright bright pink, uncannily so, and falling down upon sandy grey cliffs, darkening them as it went redder and redder. But I couldn’t really feel that cosmic thing that I sometimes do in those types of situations, because for the last five months, since a show at Electric Ballroom in Camden, my ears have gone from having a subtle, low ring in them that I had to really listen for to having a loud, obtrusive, high-pitched whirr constantly abiding.

Tinnitus affects a lot of music people, both players and fans. Word on the street is that Bob Mould has it so bad that he has to have music or white noise or the television literally blasting to be able to fall asleep. Just about every band has their tinnitus complaints, and since the ’90s rave/club culture hit, it affects more and more people. So far there is no treatment really; only that power the mind has to adapt to environments, which can allow you to not “hear” it anymore. But let’s face it, it’s still there, and equates to hearing loss. 
Enter Ray Kurzweil and other so-called “futurists”. He who made a couple million quid selling the samplers that helped burn all our eardrums in the first place now imagines that their repair lies in yet another technological advance.
Nanobots, as you may already know, are based on quantum theory’s knowledge of how subatomic particles move: their predictability and the incredible speed of their movements makes them the carriers of tremendous computing power. And soon that computing power may be, like it or not, running through your very veins. These few-atoms-wide robots may be small and smart enough to enter your body by the thousands and accomplish the kinds of miniature manipulations that are now impossible. It could be ‘say goodbye’ to a host of health problems, but an easy one to solve by such means would be tinnitus.
The ear hears, my dears, by means of a few thousand tiny hairs of different lengths, and the reason tinnitus sounds high-pitched is because the tiny hairs for high frequency are the tiniest, and the easiest for a really loud noise to push over. They just need to be pushed upright again, and the only things I can think of that are small enough for the job are Vanilla Ice’s fan club and Nanobots. But V.I. (I call him V.I.) didn’t return my email. So I guess it falls to the Nanobots. And so, someday soon, might the entire world.”

‘Happy To You’, the new album by Miike Snow, is released March 26th on Columbia. Read Clash's review of Miike Snow's 'Happy To You'

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