Some of Pink Floyd’s back catalog may be temporarily unavailable, but that’s not stopping David Gilmour from keeping busy. Ambient pioneers the Orb famously lampooned Gilmour’s group by flying an inflatable sheep over Battersea Power Station in London, and now the inevitable has happened and the pair have teamed up to make a record.
Metallic Spheres will be released on Oct. 4 and is credited as an album by “The Orb featuring David Gilmour.” The 10 songs apparently began with Gilmour jamming with former Killing Joke member and producer to the stars Youth, and the Orb’s Alex Paterson took those recordings and gave them his own unique twist.
Another interesting aspect to the album is that all royalties will go to the legal campaign of Gary McKinnon—the Scottish computer hacker who is fighting extradition to the U.S. after he breached military and NASA computer systems. Metallic Spheres will be released in a “3D60 mix” which is a new “three-dimensional” audio format partly developed by Youth.
[via The Guardian]