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Jeff Mills has teamed up with NASA for a six-part radio series

Out of this world. 

The Outer Limits is comprised of six hour-long episodes exploring astrophysics and science fiction through abstract soundscapes and spoken word, all featuring original new and unreleased music from electronic kingpin Jeff Mills alongside guest musicians. 

Produced around the world with artists from the fields of classical, jazz and electronic music with direction and imagery from NASA, the project is a multidisciplinary series blurring the lines between science and experimental music. 

“Working in radio for almost a decade during the 1980s gave me a different perspective on how audio and music can be impactful devices," said Mills. The freedom I was allowed then, to program whatever I chose, made me think at length about how to make programs interesting and informative for listeners.

"This has inspired my approach for The Outer Limits, to create radio resembling TV science fiction, dealing with subjects that can be humbling and psychologically introspective, without needing to have predictable happy endings.

"If you can imagine a young person running an untethered radio show having grown up in the Midwest, regularly watching Rod Serling’s ‘The Twilight Zone’, collecting Marvel comics, all the while NASA was sending humans up into outer space, well, you get the idea…  

"The aim of this radio program is to deliver wild experiences, first and foremost. This is something that I believe each and every one of us needs more of. These episodes will be told in an uncompromising manner, constructed in ways conventional radio dares not explore." 

Each episode features enough original music to comprise an album in its own right. Broadcast across a year, each installation explores a new theme of space and the cosmos, excluding the final episode which will be solely focused on music.

The first episode, The Outer Limits: Black Hole, will go live on Wednesday January 17. Check it out here