“Ludens” by Bring Me the Horizon
As will be elaborated in the facts’ section, the creation of Bring Me The Horizon’s “Luden” was heavily influenced by Hideo Kojima. Kojima is without a shred of doubt one of the most relevant videogame designers of his generation. As such, you can say that Hideo’s main talent is his creativity. And likewise, the idea of a “luden” is based on, according to Oli Sykes, the philosophy that mankind’s “greatest asset and… biggest hope” is our creativity. Or another way of looking at it is that the pressing issues of today can ideally be resolved through the application of ingenuity.
Thus in this song, when the band calls for “a new leader”, as in “a new Luden”, they are more or less calling for leadership that will approach pressing dilemmas via new approaches. And amongst the issues that they bring up is environmental degradation. But more pervasive is a stance against social-media based communications. And in that regard, Bring Me the Horizon seem to perceive this phenomenon as one that is discouraging meaningful interpersonal exchanges instead of vice versa. Moreover modern-technological advances are encouraging something like a surveillance state, where people are always under the scrutiny of others.
So we can conclude that the primary purpose of “Luden”, in its most-basic form, is to express a sentiment along the lines of criticizing some ubiquitous computer-based advancements that are part of modern society. Part of this criticism may be based on such technologies negatively affecting the environment. But more to the point is the narrator’s disdain towards always being ‘connected’. And basically, the band seems to be searching for an individual prominent enough to alter this trend who also adopts such a disposition.
FYI, A “luden” is a person who uses his/her creative mental capacity to try solving issues of the world. And that’s who Bring Me the Horizon are searching for.
Facts about “Luden”
In fact another person who inspired the sentiment of this song is a young Swede by the name of Greta Thunberg. Greta is actually a prominent international environmental activist. Possibly the most prominent of her generation.
“Ludens” was written and produced by Bring Me the Horizon members Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish. The pair created this song within the timespan of five days.
Penning songs is usually more of a collaborative effort, involving other members of the band also. However, despite being short-staffed, Oli and Jordan were compelled to grind out the track under the aforementioned time constraint, while simultaneously being on the road. Indeed they enjoyed the process considering that they weren’t burdened with having to pen an entire album.
Hideo Kojima is, at the time of the dropping of this song, the most-famous videogame designer in the world. And “Ludens” is actually the second single released from the soundtrack of a famed Kojima videogame. The soundtrack is entitled “Death Stranding”.
Sony Music UK released “Ludens” on 6 November 2019. It is also slated to be featured on Bring Me the Horizon’s forthcoming seventh studio album.