Beck teams up with NASA on new visual album for ‘Hyperspace’ – Entertainment


Seven-time-Grammy-winner Beck’s otherworldly 2019 record Hyperspace has been reimagined as a visual album, in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California.

The lab carries out robotic space and Earth science missions, and built the Mars Perseverance Rover, currently en route to the Red Planet.

Directors OSK Studio used artificial intelligence combining “computer vision, machine learning and Generative Adversarial neural Networks (GAN)” to create the hybrid, hyper-real “hyperspaces” out of images, video and data points from the NASA archives.

Each track on Hyperspace: A.I. Exploration features images from specific missions; for instance, “Saw Lightning” is paired with visuals culled from NASA’s Viking 1 Orbiter, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Curiosity Rover, while the images for “Chemical” came from the Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn.

“I think each song is kind of a different way that different people ‘Hyperspace’ — we escape from the reality that we’re all dealing with,” Beck said in a statement.

Read also: NASA launches website with at-home activities amid quarantine

Fans can embark on the new Hyperspace A.I Experience via Beck’s official YouTube channel or a special website.

In honor of this interstellar collab, Capitol Records is reissuing Beck’s Hyperspace as a new deluxe edition as well as a limited-edition vinyl.

The new edition features two previously unreleased songs, “Dark Places (Soundscape)” and “I Am The Cosmos (42420)”, as well as new mixes of “Star”, “Hyperspace”, “See Through” and “Die Waiting”, as well as “Uneventful Days (St. Vincent Remix)” and “Saw Lightning (Freestyle Live)”.

The limited-ed vinyl version comes with a holographic jacket, and 24 pages of AI images & NASA data for each song; only 5000 copies will be available. 

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