Got 18 Days to Spare? Thom Yorke Has a New Song

Radiohead singer's new piece is 432 hours
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2015 11:36 AM CDT
Got 18 Days to Spare? Thom Yorke Has a New Song
Thom Yorke of Radiohead.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Radiohead's Thom Yorke has supplied a piece of music to accompany an art exhibit in Australia, and if you started listening to it today, you'd be done on June 17. Yes, his "Subterranea" is 432 hours, or 18 days, long. And as the Independent reports, "no two minutes are the same." The music goes with an exhibit called "The Panic Office" by Stanley Donwood, the artist who designs Radiohead's album covers. So what's it like?

  • "An eerie mix of ambient textures, experimental sounds, and field recordings titled 'Subterranea', Yorke's soundtrack makes use of the cavernous exhibition space, playing out over three levels of speaker systems," says a post at Australia's Triple J. It quotes a press release: "Subs will boom from the floor, mids will echo through the walls, while the highs rain down from the ceiling."
  • It's "built from 25,920 unique minutes of atmospheric, experimental sounds and field recordings produced solely for the purpose of being an ambient soundtrack" to Donwood's exhibit, writes Billboard.
Check out a sample here. (More Thom Yorke stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.