Mysterium Tremendum with Mickey Hart

The Grateful Dead are one of America’s most recognized bands, if only because of the columns of haze that inevitably decorate the sky wherever they perform. Mickey Hart was the primary drummer for Grateful Dead (having taken a 3-year sabbatical in the early 70s), and in his spare time, has worked with some of the most profoundly thought-provoking sounds in the universe. No stranger to unconventional sonic experimentation, in 1989 Hart created an album, “Music to be Born by” which sampled his unborn son’s heartbeat within the womb, and then wrote an album to accompany the heartbeat. His current project, called “Mysterium Tremendum” is a brilliant union of astrophysical breakthroughs and human creativity. Working in collaboration with Meyer Sound, Penn State, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, George Smoot, Mickey Hart took converted light, radio waves, and other electromagnetic radiation into sound waves that Hart and his band could transform into extraterrestrial jams. Without further distraction: Mysterium Tremendum.

When asked what inspired him to record the sonorous sounds of outer space, Hart puts it simply, “Four words: it’s the rhythm, stupid. That’s what I always say to anyone, and myself as well. It all goes back to that. We are rhythm machines, embedded in a universe of rhythm.” Spoken like a true icon of the Deadheads. Peep an hour long continuous session after the jump.

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