Nelly’s recently been working with Australian plunderphonics duo The Avalanches on something special and extraterrestrial, and their project has recently been featured in NME Australia!
The Avalanches recently posted about the project, instigated by legendary astrophysicist Frank Drake, on Instagram. Nelly, The Avalanches and the SETI Institute’s Frank Marchis have been working together to digitalise the 1974 Arecibo message, an interstellar radio signal carrying information about humanity which was sent to galaxy M13, over 25,000 light years away. The message was broadcast using two different radio frequencies at a rate of 10 characters per second from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico on the 16th of November 1974, in the hope of contacting intelligent life.
You can read more on NME here.
About The Avalanches
The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group formed in Melbourne in 1997. They are known for their two studio albums Since I Left You (2000) and Wildflower (2016), as well as their live and recorded DJ sets. Since I Left You was a critical and commercial success, receiving multiple awards, and has been considered both one of the best albums of the 2000s and best Australian albums of all time. It was followed in 2016 by Wildflower, which also received critical acclaim. Their upcoming album, inspired by space, has been preceded by two singles, “We Will Always Love You” featuring Blood Orange and “Running Red Lights” featuring Pink Siifu and Rivers Cuomo from Weezer.
NME is a Britain-based, international music journalism website, and a former magazine that was published from 1952 to 2018. In the 1970s, it became the best-selling British music newspaper. From 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley, and Tony Parsons.
NME.com was launched in 1996, and became the world’s biggest standalone music site, with over sixteen million users per month.
About the SETI Institute
The SETI Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit scientific research institute headquartered in Mountain View, California. Their mission is to explore, understand and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence. They are a key research contractor to NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and they collaborate with industry partners throughout Silicon Valley and beyond.
Founded in 1984, the Institute employs more than 130 scientists, educators, and administrative staff. Work at the SETI Institute is anchored by three centers: the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe (research), the Center for Education and the Center for Outreach.