Singled Out: Trapdoor Social's Science of Love

04/22/2014
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Today Merritt Graves from Trapdoor Social tells us about their current single and the title track from their forthcoming EP "Science of Love." The EP will be released on May 20th. Here is the story:

Science of Love is about a lonely computer scientist who tries to reverse engineer his girlfriend after she breaks up with him, and more largely, about the things we're willing to do to feel love. Often love can bring out the best in us, allowing us to create things we would have never been able to absent the inspiration, but it can also encourage us to be reckless and take risks in its attainment.

I wrote this song because things are changing more dramatically, and in less time, than they ever had in history. We've always had technological progress, but it's been slow, and there's always been plenty of time to adapt, adjust, and try to make sense of things. Objects in the road are relatively benign if you're only going 30mph, but are missiles at 130mph. On one hand, technology has it's biases, and roads of least resistance that it would prefer to use if all things were equal (for example the transistor brought about computers, and later the internet), but on the other hand, only humans can answer the questions of "should" rather than just "could", and it's ultimately up to us to navigate these high speeds.

Right now it's mainly technology companies and governments doing the steering and it's very important that they steer us in a well considered, thoughtful direction, rather than just one that enriches their shareholders and makes them more powerful. Technology cannot be un-invented and it affects everybody, not just those who acquiesce to its implementation. It frequently has dual uses, and ramifications that its' inventors didn't consider.

Consequently, we need to work to understand the science of love; both its recklessness and its beauty. Creations are made in the images of their makers, and we will only make things that are prudent, and that bring out the best in us, if we first understand and value what those best parts are.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group right here!

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