After his electro-acoustic album The Right Side of Mystery in late 2018, Nathan Moody flips the script and returns to synthesis with Heliopause, an album that explores the unbridled possibilities of worlds beyond our own.
This album was completed when NASA’s Voyager 2 probe crossed our solar system’s heliopause and entered into true interstellar space. In fact, the origins of this album go back more than 30 years, when a relative provided the artist with 8×10 photos from the Voyager 2 probe, which captured Moody’s imagination for decades to come. Made almost exclusively with a Buchla 200 series modular synthesizer, Heliopause explores various cosmological and astronomical phenomenon beyond human and planetary scales.
But this isn’t naive, utopian 1970s “space music:” the compositions have experimental timbres alongside traditional melodies, with lots of distortion and grit. Space isn’t empty, or perfect, or ideal, nor are humanity’s plans for it. ”Heliopause” explores the cosmos with all of its danger, mystery, majesty, and indifference laid bare.
Exclusive to Bandcamp is the bonus track, Debris Impacts, an epic experimental epilogue that explores percussive voices and drones, leaving the melodies of the rest of the album behind.