ARPANET are a strange unit in the contemporary electronic music scene. There are no live appearances and rarely any interviews. Nobody really knows who they are. The composers are noted as being a collection of electronic entities existing solely within the Net…
"We are atomic and sub atomic particles and we are wireless" ARPANET
People can only communicate with them via email. It's the only form of communication they understand at present.
They take their name from the Internet's progenitor, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) of the U.S. Department of Defense. It was originally developed as a facilitator of communication.
24 years on from the highly influential 'Man Machine' album from Kraftwerk, the age of the fixed wire is concluding. This is the raison d'etre of the album… the world of wireless communication and its infinity possibilities. They take their cues from the proliferation of text-messaging, emailing and internet browsing in its various forms around the world. ARAPNET's 'Wireless Internet' is a poetic and prophetic conceptual fusion of these mechanical yet sensual tools. Paying homage to the revolutionary technologies coming out of Japan such I-mode (Japanese version of Text messaging), and the company the invented the system, NTT Do Co Mo.
Even if at first sight the forefathers Kraftwerk seem to be more than present ARPANET have developed their very own highly influential sound aesthetic. This filters right through to their graphic anti-style cover artwork, which is provocatively plain.