So, quite some time ago Tuffley told me that Alan Moore (Promethea, Lost Girls, Swamp Thing, The Voice of the Fire, Snakes and Ladders, self-professed conceptual magician, author, comics creator, playwright, crazed bearded man of the Northampton woods) would be teaming up with Damon Albarn (Blur, several soundtracks you love, including the one for Ravenous) and Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl)–the two finely diseased minds behind Gorillaz. They are getting together for the purposes of creating an opera about the life of Dr. John Dee (Secret Servant to Queen Elizabeth I, transcriber of the Enochian Letters, first 007).
Apparently, he wasn’t just blowing smoke in order to get my hopes up and then dash them mercilessly to the ground. So we have Albarn, who is himself a compositional genius, Hewlett, who is possessed of an artistic style which may indicate that he is simply possessed, and Moore, the auteur who has declared himself a magician–and a liar–in the same breath. This is going to be fantastic.
Think about it: Patton’s influence is like a fractal-edged velvet virus, insinuating itself into every corner of everything he touches. Moore’s work is like a slow-burning cooking fire for your brain, made of psilocybin mushrooms and strange desert grasses. What’s not to love?
More information on both of these projects, as they come in.