Billy Corgan to Release Experimental 'AEGEA' LP After Cafe Sessions

Ambient album to cost fans $60.

Billy Corgan to Release Experimental 'AEGEA' LP After Cafe Sessions
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Billy Corgan has announced that he will be releasing an experimental LP entitled "AEGEA," Gigwise reports.

The album follows on from Corgan's numerous experimental sessions including a recent eight-hour ambient jam he performed at his Madame Zuzu's cafe in Chicago. The cafe performance is just one of many the Smashing Pumpkins frontman has put on in recent months, with "AEGEA" following along a similar ambient vein.

The album, which will be a private release, will set the buyer back $59.95 (not including postage and packing) and is made up of material recorded by Corgan in 2007. It will also be one in a line of 250, all of which will be hand numbered by Corgan.

"As a work, 'AEGEA' is experimental in nature, and comes across as more a soundtrack to some lost foreign film than the kind of music I'm usually associated with," says Corgan. "Listening back I quite like how 'AEGEA' goes along, as it has qualities that are both meditative and alien; but not alienating."

Meanwhile, Corgan recently announced that the Smashing Pumpkins will release two new albums in 2015.

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    grafittibob
    It's limited. Only 250 hand signed by the guy who created the soundtrack to the 90's. Worth $60 to hear him noodle on the keyboards for 8 hours? Eh...
    barden1069
    I dunno if I'd even call this a "money grab". Rounding to $60 per album, and assuming he only sells the 250 copies, that's $15,000. Now obviously it's self-released so he doesn't have to pay a label anything, but there's still a bunch of costs between materials, packaging, recording, etc. Hell, even if he used his own studio for the whole recording process so he didn't have to spend anything on getting it recorded, mixed and mastered that's still hours and hours of work considering it's and eight hour piece of music. I think the dude's just an artist, creating whatever he wants because he wants to. Plus, with as successful of a career as Corgan has had, I doubt 15k is really a big deal for him. Now whether the music is any good is another matter lol.
    Deathlock257
    Finally, someone with an actual brain >_> Yes, that is true. Despite what people say, Billy Corgan has not declined as a musician. Oceania was a fantastic album. Most of the people calling the new stuff garbage are just hipsters that can't accept that musicians evolve. >_> It's still good music, the 90's is over, get over it.
    AdriAn934
    If I was rich I'd buy all 250 copies, then mix them in concrete and throw em off a pier
    Ultraussie
    $59.95? What the actual hell seriously?
    finallife6
    It includes an 8 hour performance, and since a normal CD can only hold around 80 mins, that's at least 6 discs, and on top of that comes more content. (unless its not on CD) Its a good value, the problem is I couldn't see anyone buying it other then it being an exclusive 1 of 250 especially with the full thing on youtube
    rcanders
    ...you don't have to buy it...Corgan is going through a ridiculously creative period at this time and is offering to share...
    Like I Is
    I don't know who's going to buy it. I'm a long-time Pumpkins fan, and I'm excited for the new albums, but I mean...this is pretty out there.
    calezebedee
    Hi, My Name Is Billy Corgan and I'm here to take your money.
    coreymineard
    Remember when Billy Corgan was saying Soundgarden was only reuniting for the money? Pot, meet kettle.
    Abidz
    If Billy Corgan was doing this simply for the money, he would most definitely press more than 250 copies.
    matteo cubano
    he should release each part (disc) separately one by one so people don't realize how much they're spending. also, man he got fat.
    butlerc777
    I feel like Billy Corgan is secretly a busier musician than Dave Grohl, he's just not in the spotlight as much as Dave.
    Jyrgen
    I am a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan and getting a serious Lulu vibe out of this. It's a bit different because this isn't a new SP album though.