Astronomia I: The Fall Of Saturn
April 25, 2021 5:47 AM   Subscribe

Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and artist/singer/violinist Wendy Bevin are releasing their Lockdown Project across the next year. [Variety] Astronomia [YT overview video with artists, ~9m] is a 52-song, 4-volume project being released as 4 albums. Astronomia I: The Fall Of Saturn [YT audio playlist] came out on March 20, 2021. It can be heard (or purchased) on these online services.

Cinematic and atmospheric, each track will see a video released each week. The videos so far: The Great Attractor, Pandora & Prometheus, Changing Aspects Of The Rings, The Drowning Heart Of Andromeda, The Fall Of Saturn.
posted by hippybear (12 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
This looks pretty cool! Thanks!

Just asking...Is Wendy Bevan related to Bev Bevan? Daughter? Granddaughter? There aren't a whole lot of string players with the last name Bevan, so I had to wonder.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:28 AM on April 25, 2021 [2 favorites]

This article about her says her parents were classically trained British actors. I don't think that Bev Bevan was ever that.
posted by hippybear at 8:13 AM on April 25, 2021

Listening to Astronomia on Spotify now, this is excellent, thanks.

Very ambient/atmospheric, fans of Brian Eno & Harold Budd should check it out.
posted by soundguy99 at 8:20 AM on April 25, 2021 [2 favorites]

Listening. Good.

I smell a lotta Vangelis.

But good.
posted by armoir from antproof case at 9:13 PM on April 25, 2021

Sounds interesting. I'll give it a listen.
posted by Harald74 at 1:24 AM on April 26, 2021

Wendy Bevan's "never heard before" description is quite a stretch. Sounds about how I would have expected based on the title and seems like it would work well with any planetarium show I've ever seen.
posted by tvgraphicsguy at 7:32 AM on April 26, 2021

First track alone I heard some callbacks to Nick's work on the Arcadia project. So yeah, I've heard some of this before.
posted by JoeZydeco at 7:52 AM on April 26, 2021

I'm just digging into this on Spotify but I'm already into it. Pray tell, do they have any plans to actually sell physical media? I didn't see any mention in the article, but if I wind up enjoying this as much as I think I'm going to - I'm definitely going to want something physical, preferably with some nice liner notes and art.
posted by jzb at 10:37 AM on April 26, 2021

This is really fantastic, with a sprawling sound that roams from tranquil reflection to Big Terrifying Cosmos and back again. It's funny, some parts remind me of Cevin Key's ambient projects, which really surprised me. I'm on my third listen now!
posted by mittens at 12:28 PM on April 26, 2021 [1 favorite]

Rhodes & Bevan interviewed for Vogue last week.

I can't find any mention of a physical release anywhere, but that might be waiting until Astronomia IV being released? Rhodes says he wants people to listen on good equipment with high quality headphones, so he's definitely interested in sound reproduction of the piece.

Bevan says she hopes people listen to each album as a whole, which I appreciate.
posted by hippybear at 7:52 PM on April 26, 2021 [1 favorite]

New video released yesterday: Unknown Recital
posted by hippybear at 6:21 AM on April 27, 2021

New video released today: Oceans Of Titan
posted by hippybear at 6:18 AM on May 7, 2021

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