Techno Purposemaker Jeff Mills has released the full details of his concept album, The Planets. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight genuinely cannot wait.
There’s something about concept albums that quite often means they are met with a solid pfft. Not this time, as Jeff Mills has revealed the details of his concept album, The Planets, which reimagines the classical works of Gustav Holst.
The album acts as a eulogy to the works of the English composer and offers modern interpretations of the pieces in an electronic form. As our readers can probably tell, this will come as music to the ears of a publication named The Waveform Transmitter in tribute to the techno legend.
This isn’t the first time that Mills has explored the cosmos. The Axis Records label head has been aimed firmly at the outer reaches of our galaxy for quite some time. Perhaps more so over recent years as his releases have included titles such as Woman in the Moon and Free Fall Galaxy.
However, we can see the galactic theme running through his work since 2006 when Mills released his One Man Spaceship experimental album. Arguably the sci-fi leanings of his brand of futuristic space-techno has been present since Waveform Transmission. The track titles and sounds contained therein would certainly suggest so.
Mills will debut his Planets concept at the Barbican in June of this year, which also happens to be the 25th anniversary of Axis Records. He will also release the work on CD and Blu-ray via the label. He states that the work is “an 18-piece suite that explores the nine planets, including the portions of space in between the planets”.
The intention is to perform the album via live electronics, performed by Mills, and orchestral segments to be delivered by a full orchestra.
Check out the trailer for the album, below, which features Mills‘ interpretation of Saturn. Headphones in and prepare the airlock for release. Tickets are available from The Barbican, here.