GZA Talks ‘Dark Matter’ Album, Working with Neil deGrasse Tyson
The GZA, in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, opened up about his upcoming album Dark Matter, revealing details about his creative process, including working with acclaimed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“God put the needle on the disc of Saturn / The record he played revealed blueprints and patterns,” GZA, who was a high-school drop out, raps on one of the albums new tracks. He’s working with Tyson as he puts together Dark Matter, which will something of a concept album regarding space and physics.
The album, which has yet to be given a definitive release date, is slated to be scored by composer Marco Vitali, a Julliard-trainer violist. “We talked about frenetic energy, outer space, molecules crashing into each other, organized chaos,” Vitali said told the Wall Street Journal. “The grandeur of the fact that the universe was born in a millionth of a second, in this explosion that created billions of stars, these overpowering ideas that are bigger than we can conceive. How do we make the record feel like that?”
After the completion of Dark Matter, GZA has set his sites on another science-based record, this one of a more-terrestrial nature. He’s planning to complete an entire record about the Earth’s aquatic environments. “After Dark Matter, he told the WSJ, “we’ll be back on earth, but in the ocean.”
Plans for the follow-up to his 1995 record, Liquid Swords, seem to have been put on hold for these more scholarly pursuits. But, GZA did say in the interview, that he plans to re-record the vocals from the original album, and have them backed by a live orchestra for a release he’s calling Liquid Swords 1.5.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Dark Matter is expected to drop this Fall, although details on the release date remain scant. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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