Royal Astronomy

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Royal Astronomy
Studio album by µ-Ziq
Released 26 July 1999 (1999-07-26) (UK)
27 July 1999 (1999-07-27) (U.S.)
Genre Drill n Bass, IDM
Length 58:11
Label Hut (UK)
Astralwerks (U.S.)
Producer Mike Paradinas
µ-Ziq chronology
Lunatic Harness
(1997)
Royal Astronomy
(1999)
Bilious Paths
(2003)
Singles from Royal Astronomy
  1. "The Fear"
    Released: 12 July 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
NME 7/10 21 Jun 99
Pitchfork Media 5.1/10) 29 Jul 99

Royal Astronomy is the fifth album from British IDM Producer µ-Ziq and follow up to Lunatic Harness.

The album's title is a reference to an essay by Kurt Vonnegut (collected in Fates Worse Than Death) in which Vonnegut compares commentators on the intellectual and moral decline of society to the Royal Astronomer in The White Deer by James Thurber, who believes that the stars in the night sky are going out one by one, but in fact this is because he is slowly going blind.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Scaling" – 4:14
  2. "The Hwicci Song" – 3:40
  3. "Autumn Acid" – 3:42
  4. "Slice" – 4:41
  5. "Carpet Muncher" – 3:00
  6. "The Motorbike Track" – 7:24
  7. "Mentim" – 4:29
  8. "The Fear" – 4:24
  9. "Gruber's Mandolin" – 2:39
  10. "World of Leather" – 4:22
  11. "Scrape" – 1:42
  12. "56" – 3:47
  13. "Burst Your Arm" – 6:26
  14. "Goodbye, Goodbye" – 4:11