The Flaming Lips’ 24-Hour-Long Song Gets a Title

Posted October 26

Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips are having a big night this Halloween — not only will they be debuting a tribute to Steve Jobs at the O Music Awards, they will also be dropping their fabled 24-hour-long song.

Coyne recently broke the news to us that The Lips would be recording a 24-hour-long song that would come embedded in a human skull, set to be released at midnight on Halloween. Well, the song is all done and 13 skulls have been purchased — from Skulls Unlimited in Oklahoma. The tune, Coyne tells us, is about death and will drop in-skull and online as planned.

“It’s about — I’m not at liberty to say actually who it’s about — but it’s about a guy whose girlfriend has committed suicide,” Coyne says. “[It's a] very sad, long, sound poem, about this process that this guy is going through in mourning and in remembering and in trying to fall out of love with this person he was in love with. So it’s intense. It’s not like the 6-hour song, which is very playful. This one is powerful and sad and weird and it’s disturbing and it’s abstract. It’s long [laughs].”

The epic poem of a jam also has a title. “It has a very strange title. It’s like when a scientist discovers a black hole,” Coyne says. “It’s called ’7SkiesH3.’”

Apparently, the name refers to a sound on an iOS synthesizer app that the band used to create the song (Coyne didn’t say which app). “One of the sounds that you dial up, once you dial it up it shows you this series of stuff that you’ve connected to the sound and it was ’7SkiesH3′. I think there’s other stuff attached to it, too,” Coyne explains.

A little post-interview Googling revealed that 7 Skies is a musician who has created sounds for iOS apps, so it seems like he’s getting a mention in this new jam.

What do you think of the song’s title/subject matter? Worth a (24-hour) listen?

By Brenna Ehrlich