Not content with bringing you news of just one electronic orchestra, this week we were excited to learn about Jeff Mills new project Lost in Space, together with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
Always fond of an elaborate back story, Mills record label, Axis Records says the project was conceived “with the future of mankind’s advances in space travel and colonising other planets in mind”.
Fans can expect two live shows in April 2018, during which Mills will perform alongside the orchestra, conducted by Christophe Mangou, and an album slated for release around the same time.
This isn’t the first time the Detroit ‘Techno Wizard’ has turned his hand to classical collaboration – he performed prolifically since 1999 with the Montpellier Philarmonic Orchestra, releasing the live album ‘Blue Potential’ together with them; arranged for orchestra by the young French composer Thomas Roussel.
As he's moved away from clubland and into futurist philosophy and conceptual art projects, he has also realised installations for the Centre Pompidou in Paris and has written scores for accompanying choreography projects – clearly Mills is an artist that can no longer be pigeonholed to one genre, however adept he may be there.
This year sees the 25th anniversary of Axis Records – the label launched a futuristic new website back in January. The label is home not only to some of Mills recent work, but newer signees Paula Temple and Hieroglyphic Being.
Catch Jeff Mills at Dimensions Festival this year.