June 8 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. -- Astronomer/mathematician Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1625. -- Science fiction publisher John W. Campbell in 1910. -- British geneticist Francis Crick, who helped determine the "double helix" structure of DNA, in 1916. -- College Football...
Nick Rhodes sliced through the water inside the Nassau Aquatic Center and touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly, then finished faster than the rest again in the 100 backstroke — two titles in one wonderful afternoon. The junior from the South Side/Lynbrook team had expected to sweep...
If you’re a fan of Duran Duran and their keyboardist Nick Rhodes, 2021 was quite a year. The Fab Five released their superlative latest album Future Past, and Rhodes collaborated with the talented singer, musician, and multimedia artist Wendy Bevan on the four-album Astronomia series that sonically mirrors the majesty and mystery of space and the universe. It’s an enchanting collection of electronic and electro-acoustic soundscapes inspired by astronomy and mythology. The final installment, Astronomia IV: The Eclipses of Algol, arrived on December 21.
PRE-ORDER/ADD/SAVE ‘ASTRONOMIA IV: THE ECLIPSES OF ALGOL (OUT DECEMBER 21, 2021) Duran Duran co-founder and keyboardist, Nick Rhodes and British artist and singer/violinist Wendy Bevan are set to release the final installment of their four-part ASTRONOMIA project ‘ASTRONOMIA IV: THE ECLIPSES OF ALGOL’ via Tape Modern on December 21, 2022 (the eve of the Winter solstice). Pre-order/add/save HERE. The pair have shared the album’s opening track and visual, entitled “Transcending” HERE.
Duran Duran at 40: Nick Rhodes Reflects on Group’s Evolving Fanbase, ‘Under the Volcano’ Doc, New Album ‘Future Past’
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the eponymous debut release of Duran Duran, with the iconic group also dropping its 15th studio album, “Future Past,” on Oct. 22. The aptly titled collection is referential of Duran Duran’s signature sounds, teased out by producer-of-the-moment Erol Alkan. Italian disco and EDM composer Giorgio Moroder lends a hand on a couple of songs, and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon brings his inventiveness to the mix. Featured guests on the album include Tove Lo, Ivorian Doll and Japanese band Chai. Duran Duran co-founder and resident tech visionary/image consultant Nick Rhodes talks then and now with Variety. What are your thoughts about “Duran Duran” and...
‘ASTRONOMIA III: HEAVEN AND HELL IN THE SERPENT’S TAIL. Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and British artist and singer/violinist Wendy Bevan have released the third installment of their four part ASTRONOMIA project ‘ASTRONOMIA III: heaven and hell in the serpent’s tail’ via Tape Modern available HERE. The pair have shared the album’s opening track and visual for “Meteor Shower”, HERE.
During the many interviews I did during the early days of the COVID lockdown I joked with a number of artists about how with so much time to write they would be coming out with the COVID box set. However, as of now, Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and his musical...
Throughout four decades with his New Romantic-era-spawned supergroup Duran Duran, keyboardist Nick Rhodes has busied himself with many diversions, like photography, a trailblazing skincare company called GENEU, and various short-lived splinter groups like Arcadia, The Devils and TV Mania. So he wasn’t intending to form another side project during his pandemic downtime, he swears. Astronomia, his Dead Can Dance-classy new duo with British-born, Los Angeles-rooted singer/auteur Wendy Bevan, was a happy accident, a serendipitous surprise that, over the past year, has amassed 52 atmospheric tracks, which are being released seasonally, in four separate discs, starting with this spring’s Astronomia: The Fall of Saturn and continuing into the brand-new Astronomia II: The Rise of Lyra; two more volumes are set for fall and winter releases.
Nick Rhodes and Wendy Bevan Collaborate on ’Astronomia‘— “I’ve Come to The Conclusion That We Are Actually Slightly Mad”
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Nick Rhodes (founding member and keyboardist of Duran Duran) and vocalist/violinist Wendy Bevan collaborated on what may be the most ambitious musical project of their respective careers: they created 52 exquisitely atmospheric and futuristic tracks, which will be released on four separate albums this year. The Fall of Saturn: Astronomia: Volume One came out on March 20 (Spring Equinox) and The Rise of Lyra: Astronomia: Volume Two was released on June 20 (Summer Solstice). The remaining albums will come out at the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice.
Nick Rhodes on his top 5 synths: “I’ve got nothing against digital synths, but I just happen to prefer the real thing”
“The universe has been a constant theme for artists throughout the centuries,” explains Nick Rhodes. “Doesn’t matter if you’re a painter, a filmmaker or a musician; when you want to reach beyond this world, all you have to do is look up at the night sky.”. Like the rest of...
How Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and Wendy Bevan Created the Transcendent Soundtrack for our Perilous Time
I’ll cop to at least one raised eyebrow when the press materials for Nick Rhodes and Wendy Bevan’s new work, Astronomia, described the music as “inspired by the universe.” I mean, sure: Isn’t everything?. Having then done the hard work of sitting down in a quiet room and actually listening...
Following a year of collaborating on 52 cinematic pieces, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and singer-songwriter, violinist, and photographer Wendy Bevan have released the first collection of their musical union on Astronomia I: The Fall of Saturn (Tape Modern). Inspired by the universe, and presented across four individual, 13-track albums under...
Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and singer/violinist Wendy Bevan have shared the track "The Great Attractor", which comes from the debut album of their collaboration project. The album is entitled "Astronomia I: The Fall Of Saturn" and they have also announced plans to release a visual every week for one year beginning on March 20th via their Instagram.
On Saturday (March 20), Duran Duran cofounder and keyboardist Nick Rhodes will release the first music from a collaborative project with British artist and singer/violinist Wendy Bevan. While in lockdown over the past year, Rhodes (in London) and Bevan (in Los Angeles) collaborated on a monumental series of 52 cinematic...