Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and Wendy Bevan Launch Astronomia

Keavin Wiggins | 03-20-2021

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Astronomia photo courtesy High Rise

Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and singer/violinist Wendy Bevan have shared the track "The Great Attractor", which comes from the debut album of their collaboration project.

The album is entitled "Astronomia I: The Fall Of Saturn" and they have also announced plans to release a visual every week for one year beginning on March 20th via their Instagram.

Nick Rhodes had this to say, "As we have all been living somewhat blinkered lives over the past year, Wendy and I found ourselves searching for a way forward, and were magnetically drawn towards the idea of creating something widescreen, to broaden our perspective in that moment. The universe became an infinite source of inspiration, taking us on a journey through this sadness to a future filled with awe and hope, exploring the endless beauty of the unknown.

"Merging the drama and moods of classical music with the textures and atmospheres of analogue synthesizers created the rich palette of sounds that we used to make the Astronomia albums. Each track is like a sonic painting, where different styles, colors and composition form singular pieces that belong in the same exhibition.

"The Fall of Saturn is a musical allegory for these times. A moment to reflect upon our fragility, the way we treat each other and our planet. A symphony of hope and dreams for our future."

Wendy Bevan shared, "Inspired by the lustre of stars, we had the perfect setting to create a musical language. All fifty two pieces we wrote for the Astronomia project have become a memoir locked into a time capsule; musical notation to be released into the mysterious abyss.

"Nick and I were on a quest to pursue the ineffable, and Astronomia became a landscape for the cinematic vision we share. We found ourselves making an ethereal soundtrack to accompany the process of change we were all experiencing on a global level during that time.

"Created by layering violins, synths, vocals and orchestral arrangements, each track unlocks another door in the world of Astronomia, instantly transporting you to another dimension." Stream the new song below:

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