Gunshots By Computer: Saul Williams
"HYPERPOWER!" is the first track on the 2007 release Year Zero. It is a short instrumental that kicks off the album, a la "Pinion."
A hyperpower is a nation that dominates the global stage through economy, military power, and technological prowess. The term has been used to describe the United States in the 1990s and retrospectively the British Empire in the 19th century.
While the song is instrumental, it uses a crowd chant throughout. The words, if indeed there are any, are unknown despite being directly accessible from the multitrack release.
- Drums: Josh Freese
- Year Zero
This is the original album version. Instrumental, it continuously builds from the basic drum beat, adding layers of synthesizers, samples, guitars and bass until an explosive climax, after which everything suddenly stops. The decay of the drum reverb leads into "The Beginning Of The End."
This unmastered vocal-less mix was released by Trent Reznor through his remix.nin.com account.
Gunshots By Computer
This version is the opening track on Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, and features vocals by Saul Williams. Williams recites a poem over "Hyperpower!." Minimal changes were made to the music. The mix is also referred to as "Guns by Computer."
Are you looking for the truth or for another fight? If you want to give me what I want then give it up tonight Freedom. Ain't looking for no, ain't looking for no fight If you want to give me what I want then give it up tonight The world that circles around me can benefit from silence This song is my enemy, watch how I become it Cradled by mystery and make believe I am floating in the other night Children wish upon me This man and his army are praying in their fortresses making guns of steeples Insurgence of people the messiah's an immigrant detained at the border Severed from his trinity, his wife, and his daughter America the beautiful, nappy headed hoedown Lynchburg throwdown It seems our favorite past-time has become our most feared future Technology has failed us. Gunshots by computer Gunshots by Computer Are you looking for the truth or for another fight? If you want to give me what I want then give it up tonight Freedom. Ain't looking for no, ain't looking for no fight If you want to give me what I want then give it up tonight Gunshots by Computer
- Remix by Saul Williams
"Hyperpower!" made its live debut on May 7, 2007, the first show on the Australian leg of the Performance 2007 tour. It would open the vast majority of shows on the rest of the tour (although sometimes it was just as a pre-recorded PA broadcast), transitioning into "The Beginning of the End".
Nine Inch Nails have not performed "Hyperpower!" since 2007, but Saul Williams performed "Gunshots By Computer" several times during his 2008 tour.