Rxyzyxr Pst Vd Fr Nnzr

That’s “Nonzero” for those of you who don’t speak Rxyzyxr (which I pronounce ‘Rixyzixer’ – no idea if I’ve got that right). I don’t even know if vowels are meant to go in their name, but it’s a bit, and I’m sticking with it.

Featuring a very intense-looking Thomas Wills on vocals (Rxyzyxr were, up until recently, all instrumental baby), the song was inspired by the Robert Wright book of the same name (or Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny to give it its full title), which argues argues that biological and cultural evolution are shaped primarily by a game theory called “non-zero-sumness,” that is rather confusing, but you can read about it here if you’re interested.

I particularly enjoyed the guitarist’s Swamp Thing t-shirt (or at least I think it was). I’m such a nerd.

– CG

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