The Octopus Project releases Hexadecagon CD/2xLP, tours North America
The Octopus Project leaves Wednesday for a month of dates across the US, Canada and Mexico in support of the band's new album Hexadecagon. The geometrical term for a sixteen-sided object, Hexadecagon, was originally conceived as a performance piece with eight songs written for an integrated eight-channel audio and eight-channel video system. After performing the audiovisual panorma to emphatically positive reception at two over-capacity shows during SXSW earlier this year, The Octopus Project spent several months recording the eight songs at the band's home studio in Austin and mixing in Dallas with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In the Sky, Clinic, The Walkmen). The music is written to work in layers — originally for an audio canvas of eight-channels, but here re-arranged and re-orchestrated to create an engrossing experience for anyone with a pair of speakers (or headphones, ideally).
Peek-A-Boo Records is thrilled to release Hexadecagon on CD, 2xLP and digital formats on October 26, 2010. The CD is packaged in a deluxe gatefold digipak with a booklet filled with artwork and imagery from the Hexadecagon performance. The vinyl release is a delight for audiophiles and collectors alike. The album spans three sides of a gatefold double LP. The fourth side contains ten bonus tracks unavailable on any other format, cut to wax in interlocked, spiraling "roulette grooves," with each of the roulette grooves dropping into a single locked groove. The vinyl also includes a cut-and-assemble zoetrope that the listener can place atop the record as it spins, creating a miniature animation. Each album track has its own zoetrope animation strip — eight in all. Needless-to-say, this is a very special release.
For more details, check the official Hexadecagon website.