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Watch: William Patrick Corgan (aka Billy Corgan) - “Aeronaut” Video

Ogilala Out Now via BMG

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Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins released a new solo album under his full name, William Patrick Corgan, Ogilala, last month via BMG. Previously he shared its first single, “Aeronaut,” as well as a video for “The Spaniards.” Now he has shared a video for “Aeronaut.” It features Corgan performing on a piano looking like something out of Tron. It is a 2D video that previews a larger virtual reality project. Watch it below.

A press release describes the video as such: “This music video for ‘Aeronaut’ is a 2D preview of a forthcoming immersive virtual reality experience for Corgan’s new album Ogilala. The video was created inside a 3D world that was imagined by San Francisco artist and filmmaker, Danny Bittman and brought to life by the joint Viacom NEXT and Isobar team. By capturing Corgan’s three-and-a-half-minute performance in volumetric video at Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Capture Studios, Isobar, Viacom and Bittman, were able to use the Unity creation engine and Tilt Brush to create a world around him. The project is designed for room scale systems, initially for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets, with additional versions for other systems to follow. It will be available to the public in early 2018.”

The album will be accompanied by a silent film, Pillbox, written by Corgan and co-directed by Corgan and Linda Strawberry. Rick Rubin produced the album, which was recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, Los Angeles. A press release says the album “presents Corgan’s distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.”

Corgan had this to say about the album in a previous press release: “For as long as I can remember the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I’d pen for whatever band was something I couldn’t explain. And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, no matter their time or era. The lone difference on songs for Ogilala is that they seemed to want little in the way of adornment. Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick’s hands to take the music wherever he’d like. Normally I would have done more, and tinkered more on production, but rather Rick put the onus on me to deliver at a molecular level via live takes. The rest was simply a reaction.”

William Patrick Corgan North American Tour Dates:

November 9- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 10- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 11- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 12 - Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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