As of last September — some 36 years after their launch on Sept. 5, 1977 — NASA’s Voyager 1 & 2 space probes were some 12 billion miles from home, easily the farthest man-made objects from Earth. Voyager’s primary mission ended back in 1980, when both satellites provided the closest, most detailed pictures taken of the gaseous planets of Jupiter and Saturn and their moons before continuing outward into space.
But in addition to their planet-photographing abilities, both Voyagers also contain instruments able to record the electromagnetic radiation fluctuations of those heavenly bodies — which means they can pick up what truly is the harmony of the spheres. And since each body — be it an asteroid, Saturn or any of Jupiter’s numerous moons — has a unique mass and elemental make-up, each emits a different “sound.” Spread across seven seven-inch singles to be released on Record Store Day (along with a CD, digital and regular vinyl release), Lefse Records’ The Space Project compilation features 14 modern bands and electronic-music producers who imbibe and ground such cosmic noise into an earthly delight.
“The income of a non-mainstream artist like me is a patchwork quilt and streaming is currently one tiny square in that quilt. Streaming is not yet a replacement for digital sales, and to conflate the two is a mistake,” she wrote at the time.
“I do not see streaming as a threat to my income, just like I’ve never regarded file-sharing as a threat but as a convenient way to hear music. If people really like my music, I still believe they’ll support it somewhere, somehow. Casual listeners won’t, but they never did anyway.”
In 2013, a team of Japanese roboticists was assembled with the challenge of creating a music-performing system that was beyond the capablities of the most advanced musicians - Z-Machines were the result. The roboticist’s musical producer, Kenjiro Matsuo, and his team, invited a number of Japanese composers as well as Squarepusher to develop music specifically for the project.
The opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities of a guitarist with 78 fingers and a drummer with 22 arms was a temptation impossible to ignore. The resulting ‘Sad Robots Goes Funny’ was a poignant and highly praised piece, composed and produced by Squarepusher and performed by Z-Machines.
i would sell my mother to get anywhere near wes anderson. he’s like thomas bangalter to me. a creator of his own world. forcing a wrong move to be the right one with his belief. USING MONEY TO MAKE ART RATHER THAN ART TO MAKE MONEY. you have to think about that statement until it makes sense. money. we think artists shouldn’t think about money but most of the artists i’ve met are not mad dreamers, they’re practical and think about tools and materials and that. the finish. getting it shiny. mixing it loud. having it hang straight. they get emotional about technical decisions. leaving meaning to the hacks. the new wes film looks purple and square. the only thing i worry about with all these square films and documentaries is that our tellys are going to start needing to be high aswell as wide-screen. looking forward to making a long night of this film…