Now that he’s sold its first couple signed & numbered pressings, Billy Corgan has shared a nearly three-minute snippet of his experimental synth album AEGEA. Much less meandering than his eight-hour ‘performance’ of Siddhartha, the limited solo LP appears to reveal the Smashing Pumpkins frontman’s desire to make cosmic music not unlike Tangerine Dream or modern-day space travelers like Oneohtrix Point Never and the former members of Emeralds.
Whether he’ll explore this looser side of his songwriting further remains to be seen. For now, Corgan is debating whether to distill the double LP version of AEGEA into a single platter. Writing on the official Pumpkins site, he said the following (Zuzu’s is Corgan’s tea shop/cafe in Chicago):
In planning to release ‘AEGEA’ I’d considered different means, one of which was to release the double-vinyl to whomever might want it first, and then perhaps offer a single-disc version afterwards; which would only remove the 2 longer, alternate versions of pieces #3 and #5. Having listened this way I’d say the single disc feel is more like a lost movie soundtrack, the longer more like a strange chant. Obviously one disc would also mean a lower price point, and would just be made available whenever each edition of 500 might sell out; for I love the idea of a budding, building catalog in-store at Zuzu’s. My long-range thinking would be the offer of other titles by other artists as well; songstress Sierra Swan being among them. Because the teahouse attracts a lot of casual customers who don’t follow every stitch of news, and it would be great to offer them this music too.
But whatever I do, the double vinyl series of AEGEA is (for now) capped at 500 copies; all signed and numbered. And if I was guessing I’d say I’ll make a decision on whether or not to make a single-disc pressing in the next 2 weeks, which I’d only put up for sale when they were in hand. So if you’d be among those ordering, your copy would come right away.
You can read about Tommy Lee’s work on the next Pumpkins album — no, really — here, and set adrift the fried synapses of a Gen X icon below…