Thom Yorke is a busy, busy man – he’s curing insomnia, giving relationship advice, and working on a new Radiohead album. But in his downtime he didn’t sleep – instead, he created an 18 day mix of evolving music, where no two minutes are the same.
You can listen to a small snippet here.
Let’s talk numbers: 18 days is 432 hours, or 25,920 minutes of tunes.That, friends, is no small deal. He’s called the soundtrack Subterranea, and it’s paired with Stanley Donwood’s Sydney, Australia exhibition called “The Panic Office,” that runs from May 21 – June 6. Donwood is the same artist who designed all the art for every Radiohead album since The Bends. He also worked on releases from Atoms for Peace, Yorke’s side-project.
Bad news, though: the mix won’t be released to the public, even after the exhibit closes.
The closest we’ve got to hearing it is Australian radio station Triple J’s description of it as “an eerie mix of ambient textures, experimental sounds, and field recordings.” They compared it to Yorke’s last solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
A press release for the exhibit says that the soundtrack’s “subs will boom from the floor, mids will echo through the walls, while the highs rain down from the ceiling.”