The digital revolution is at hand,
And everybody seems to think it's grand,
across the land,
The digital world would like to do you in,
But they don't know,
they just don't understand,
Nothing works without your analog plan,
You're still the king and you're still in demand,
We need you more than ever,
lead the band,
You know you can,
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It's been so digital lately
Those ones and zeros hate me
Come on and modulate me
© 2001, 2012, Stephen R. Wood
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I guess, lyrically speaking, Analog Man could
be interpreted as either a protest song or a tribute.
It protests the way society has been programmed
to believe that anything "digital" in nature is vastly
superior to anything "analog" in nature.
These terms most often apply to electronic devices
and systems. And while it is true that, in the last
couple of decades, advancements in digital
electronics have brought the world some very cool
stuff, the problem I have is with the way these
things are presented to the world. There always
seems to be some phrasing in the ad copy or
product release statements that degrades or even
slanders analog technology in general. The natural
conclusion one would tend to reach, as a result of
so much media hype, is that the people who
work with analog technology (e.g. analog scientist,
engineers and technicians) are somehow a notch or
two "below" the digital technologist in the world.
As an electronics engineer who has done as much
digital circuit design as analog, I know all too well that
analog electronics is far more vast and complex than
digital ever has been. I also know that without analog
electronic technology, there simply would be no digital
electronics. That's right! Even those millions of transistors
in that big, bad, (digital) microprocessor inside your
computer, are ANALOG devices at heart. Sure,
they're optimized to work best in that "non-
linear" or "switch-mode" (digital) application.
But they are, nevertheless, analog at heart! And
they owe their existence to analog technologist!
And that's where the tribute part comes in.
Obvious, right? Analog Man is a tribute to the
analog technologists of the world.
But in the end, they're just lyrics. It's just a
song. One that I truly hope you'll enjoy!
And here's a bit of irony for you. Analog Man is
a purely digital recording! LOL!