The Avalanches went all the way to outer space for the group’s new music video. The sample-delic collective connected with the International Space Orchestra to produce a truly interstellar clip for “Wherever You Go.”
“We are forever grateful to Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun and the International Space Orchestra for a truly magical, inspiring and connective experience,” The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater and Tony DiBlasi said in a press statement. “During a hard lockdown, it has renewed our faith in music, humanity and the power of connection, science and love. We have so much respect for all those at NASA and the SETI Institute and the work they do pushing the boundaries of human exploration, in trying to find the answers to the universe, and who and what lay beyond our neighbourhood.”
The track contains a a sonification of the Arecibo message created by SETI Institute co-founder Frank Drake, who shared the original message with the band. “This is the first time this message has been translated into music,” added Chater and DiBlasi.
“The Avalanches have been working on a space-inspired album for a few years now. Researching sounds coming from space, they came across the brilliant work developed by our scientists at the SETI Institute and by the International Space Orchestra,” shared SETI Institute Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian. “Very quickly, it became apparent that our musical collaboration should focus on further inspiring new perspectives and desires to understand the universe.
“We hope that our performance will allow for further curiosity and interest to research distant galaxies and extraterrestrial intelligence and life. Working with the Avalanches has been our greatest honour, one of the most cosmic experiences we have encountered. Robbie and Tony are truly inspiring, kind, caring and just too brilliantly talented. Thank you to them for having us at the International Space Orchestra and the SETI Institute a part of their outer-space musical journey.”
Watch the video for “Wherever You Go” below.