Steven Wilson is currently in the midst of tackling one of his most challenging surround sound remixes to date — namely, a high-resolution mashup version of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music with Neil Young’s Arc in surround sound, titled Metal Arc 5.1. “I’ve always loved feedback, so this is an exciting project for me,” Wilson admitted. “Sometimes music is meant to cut through your skull in as many ways as possible, so I hope I’ve done justice to this album.”
Metal Arc, which Wilson has lovingly nicknamed “Meddlelark” on his in-progress work files, is being done at the newest hi-res rate of 386kHz/36-bit for maximum definition. Wilson allowed me an exclusive listen to the in-progress mix of the album’s lone track, “Metal Machine Music (A Compilation Composition),” and it is nothing less than jaw-dropping. It’s a fully enveloping wash of feedback, a literal buzzsaw in 360 degrees. “MMM (ACC)” clocks in at 41:17, and it’s a fitting tribute to the literal art of noise.
You can preview the track right here.