Is this the supergroup for our time? Even more super duper than the other Gorillaz superstar lineups on their new album? Over at Vulture, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn has a bit more on his upcoming collaboration with Alan Moore for a new opera: it’s based on the life of John Dee, a 16th century scholar who, Wikipedia tells us, spent the last thirty years of his life trying to talk to angels in order to effect the unification of all humankind for good before the apocalypse. Hard to see what might have attracted the witchcraft-practicing Moore to THIS subject matter, eh?
According to Albarn, Dee was also “responsible for creating the concept of the British Empire. So he affects all our lives in one way or another. He was an alchemist and it’s about his life.” The Vulture interview continues:
Q: Do you know what the music will sound like?
D.A.: No, not really. This will be the first time I’ve stopped writing for six months; I’ve just been reading about Hermetic magic and catalysts and philosophy, which is what all of his stuff is based on Euclid and Pythagoras and all of that stuff. It’s a lot. And it’s been brilliant. I’ve got an idea of how it’s going to sound.
It’s not entirely clear if Albarn’s Gorillaz’s collaborator, Jamie Hewlett, will be involved in this project, as he’s very busy promoting Plastic Beach, the Gorillaz newest and best album, but one can hope.
Dee has made several previous appearances in the “Moore-verse” of comics, with a prominent role in his mystic-themed PROMETHEA — Dee was also reinvented as Dr. Destiny in Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN run, and we’re pretty sure Grant Morrison mentioned him somewhere, and he’s part of the whole Cthulu mythos. So it’s about time Dee got his own mystico-pop opera!
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