As the approach to releasing and promoting albums continually adapts, there have been some fairly novel approaches to album streams: Daft Punk unveiled Random Access Memories from the cattle town of Wee Waa, Australia; Beck made Morning Phase available to airline travelers via Gogo Inflight Internet; even Bruce Springsteen got inventive, revealing High Hopes via CBS’ Good Wife. Still, this one has got to take the proverbial cake: former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is streaming his new solo album, Enclosure, right now. From space.
According to a press release, the album was loaded onto an “experimental Cube Satellite called Sat-JF14″ and launched into space aboard an “Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE Modular Rocket.” Beginning today, fans can download the Sat-JF14 app, which enables them to track the satellite in real time. When the satellite reaches a user’s specific geographic region, Enclosure will unlock and be available for streaming on any iOS or Android mobile device. As if that weren’t enough of a marvel, app users can also chat with one another, sharing thoughts on the album. With this kind of wondrous technology already available, how much longer will we have to wait for actual hoverboards?
“This partnership with John Frusciante, Record Collection and Loducca represents a new chapter in our quest to further explore the cosmic relationship between science and art,” said Randa Milliron, Interorbital Systems co-founder and CEO. “Enclosure is a musical masterpiece and we’re thrilled to be able to utilize our proprietary space technology to facilitate this unprecedented form of space-enhanced distribution.”
The album preview will be available until April 7th, at which time “Sat-JF14 will cease transmission.” (That’s only slightly disconcerting, right?) Download your copy of the app here.