- Skylife 1201_Alarm 4:09
1201_Alarm are a musical collective who are merging the worlds of jazz and science like no other! Set to release their album ‘Hello_World’ on the 21st February, the band have shared their single ‘Skylife’, brilliant execution of jazz, electronics, and science.
The collective features a line-up of esteemed jazz musicians, including Tamar Osborn (favorite of The Evening Standard and The Guardian) and Emma Bassett (who worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and is Adele’s trombonist) among others. The group has paired up with scientists to incorporate instruments such as a 400,000v Tesla coil, a laser harp, a quantum computer and the rare Tenori One.
Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer, Steve Thompson, Hello_World is the debut album by 1201_Alarm, a project which has inevitably taken over three years to reach its conclusion, given the sheer scale of its concept, musicality and collaborative nature. Telling the story of Mankind’s embracing of technology over the last 50 years and looking ahead to future interactivity, the album also features contributions from such disparate talents as Jim Al Khalili; Helen Czerski; Libby Jackson; Aleks Krotoski and Marcus du Sautoy
Based in Kent, Steve Thompson’s 1201_Alarm traces human’s adoption of technology since the Apollo era and looks forward to how the future between man and machine may look. On the album, the acoustic instruments (trombone, trumpet, and sax) represent the human side and the electronics (synths, laser harp, tesla coil and rarely used instruments such as the Japanese Tenori-On) represent the technological side. Embracing the work of synth Gods such as Jean-Michel Jarre; jazz; electronica; trip-hop and the works and ideas of everyone from Nobel Prize-winning scientist Richard Feynman (who also guests on..yes, bongos!) to the renowned skeptic, James Randi, Hello_World is a celebration of science and technology and an ever-shifting music box of pure joy.
Hello_World continues its unconventional approach with a CD and double vinyl release, the fourth side of which features of double groove, meaning that the track which plays depends entirely on where the needle hits.