Space Music: Amon Tobin's 'Dark Jovian' Nears


I'm excited about this one. If you're at all familiar with Brazilian electronic artist Amon Tobin, then you know he's constantly exploring new ground. Now he's taking things into true Space Music territory through the release of his new EP "Dark Jovian."

The digital release drops next month, but the vinyl release is already out there in its splendid, rubber wheel-encased packaging. The tracks take the listener on a journey from "Dark Jovian" to the tantalizing-sounding "Encounter on Io." If it sounds like a soundtrack to an epic sci-fi film, then you've hit upon Tobin's core approach to this release:

"I was really trying to do was to interpret a sense of scale, like moving towards impossibly giant objects until they occupy your whole field of vision, planets turning, or even how it can feel just looking up at night. I wanted it to pace very slowly, the way far off objects can seem still until you look away for a while and find they've shifted some distance when you look back. "Tracks like Io work in that way; something changing gradually so you barely notice it, until at some point you no longer recognize it. My musical influences are on my sleeve with this EP. Anyone who loves John Williams, Gerry Goldsmith or Gyorgy Ligeti will hopefully see what I'm drawing from, and how it then sits in an electronic context. Dark Jovian is a small personal project which is, nevertheless, dear to me: A one off indulgence into a genre that I love."

I'll definitely be picking it up upon digital release. In the meantime, we have these to listen to...


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.