Royal Astronomy

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Royal Astronomy
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Studio album by µ-Ziq
Released 26 July 1999 (1999-07-26)
Genre Drill 'n' bass, IDM
Length 58:11
Label Hut Records, Astralwerks
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[1]
NME 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 5.1/10[3]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[4]

Royal Astronomy is the fifth studio album by British IDM producer µ-Ziq, released in 1999.

The album 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.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Royal Astronomy - µ-Ziq". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Royal Astronomy". NME. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (29 July 1999). "µ-Ziq: Royal Astronomy". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Zupko, Sarah. "u-Ziq, Royal Astronomy". PopMatters. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Siegler, Dylan (19 June 1999). "Astralwerks' µ-Ziq Rolls Out 'Royal'". Billboard: 35. 

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