Flaming Lips release audio experiment album for free today

02.14.11 7 years ago

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Happy bogus holiday, Valentine’s Day! How would you like to hear “Two Blobs Fucking?”

Oh no, no, my pet, I didn’t mean to offend you! That just happens to be the name of the Flaming Lips’ new project, released in its entirety today at 3 p.m. EST on YouTube. For free.

[More after the jump…]

The Oklahoma rock act has been releasing bits and b(l)obs of audio compositions on its YouTube channel, with the intention that each piece is played on a separate handheld smartphone or similar iPhone-like device.

“Imagine the lo-fi symphonic joy that you, along with family, friends, pets, and others, will create at the touch of a button. The more devices, the more harmonic possibilities can be constructed. You and your device, at one with the music, become the orchestra, just as the Gods of Technology naturally intended it to be.”

Click here for each of the song’s 12 tracks.

While I don’t particularly combine the words “family” and “fucking” frequently in the same sentence, the Lips have once again found a interactive way to experience their albums. It follows in line behind their other audio experiments, like the four-tracked stereo sound of 1997’s “Zaireeka,” their Boombox and Parking Lot projects. Each demanded that their pieces of music be played simultaneously, sometimes at varying volumes or proximities, pans and starting points.

“Two Blobs Fucking” has the same starting point, with electric guitar, rhythm tracks, percussion and various other media blaring seemingling at random, but once all 12 tracks are made available, the pieces should fit together. When you get tired of talking about the Grammys at the water cooler, in other words, give this one a try.

The band has already announced the imminent release of “Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002,” the five-vinyl-disc boxed set due on Record Store Day, April 16.

They’ve also set more tour dates, below.

Flaming Lips last released wild-child double-album “Embryonic” last year.

Have you tried “Two Blobs Fucking” yet? How does it, erm, sound?

Thur     Mar 3                Tibet House US Benefit / Carnegie Hall               NYC
Sun      Mar 6                            Snow Ball Fest / Nottingham Park          Avon, CO
Sun      Apr 3                Lollapalooza                                                     Santiago, Chile
Fri        May 13              The Fillmore Detroit                                           Detroit, MI (on sale Feb 11)
Sat       May 14              Nelsonville Music Festival                                 Nelsonville, OH
Sun      May 15              The National                                                      Richmond, VA   
Tue       May 17             TBA
Wed     May 18             TBA
Thur     May 19             Tabernacle                                                        Atlanta, GA (DATE CHANGE!)
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)
Sat       May 21             The Hangout Festival                                         Gulf Shores, AL
Thu      May 26             Primavera Festival                                             Barcelona, Spain
Sun      May 29              Sasquatch Festival / The Gorge                         George, WA (on sale Feb 12)
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)
Fri        July 1                All Tomorrow”s Parties/Alexandra Palace London, UK
(Special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)
Thur     July 7               Aragon Ballroom                                               Chicago, IL
Fri        July 8               Aragon Ballroom                                               Chicago, IL (on sale Feb 19)

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