The first transmission of “The Outer Limits” airs Wednesday, January 17 and features exclusive new musical compositions from the techno master.
Jeff Mills is bringing his unique cosmic visions to the radio waves. In a new six-part series for NTS Radio called “The Outer Limits”, the Detroit techno and modern classical maestro will explore astrophysics and science fiction through abstract soundscapes and spoken word.
Working under the scientific direction of NASA, Mills will compose a stimulating collage of sound, theatre and voice that will work at the intersection of science and contemporary sound. The Detroit musician is no stranger to outer space-inspired works—and neither is he to radio. As he describes, “Working in radio for almost a decade during the 1980s gave me a different perspective on how audio and music can be impactful devices. The freedom I was allowed then, to program whatever I chose, made me think at length about how to make programs interesting and informative for listeners.”
The first show debuts tomorrow, January 17 and will focus on the bizarre properties of black holes. The first musical collaborators will be the pianist Kathleen Supové and the violinist Thomas Gould. The episode was recorded over the past summer in both New York and London and will include narration from Dr. Jameson Graef Rollins, who works at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory).
For more details, check out the interactive show page on the NTS website here. To get inside Mills’ mind as he composes his space-age soundscapes, watch EB.tv’s video feature with him below.