INTERVIEW: Unlocking The Harmony Codex: A Conversation with Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson
Credit: Hajo Mueller

In episode #145 of The XS Noize Podcast, Mark Millar meets Steven Wilson to discuss his seventh album, THE HARMONY CODEX.

Steven Wilson is an artist/producer based in North London. His last album, The Future Bites, was charted at No. 4 in the UK and nominated for 2 Grammys. He is also the founding member of Porcupine Tree, whose last album, Closure/Continuation, charted at No. 2. THE HARMONY CODEX isn’t like other records you’ll hear this year. It’s endlessly fascinating, endlessly revealing, and endlessly beautiful.

In this interview, Steven discusses THE HARMONY CODEX, spatial audio, his recent book Limited Edition of One, The Album Years Podcast and lots more.

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Previous XS Noize Podcast guests have been John LydonMatt GossBilly NomatesTom MeighanToyah Wilcox, Midge UreTravis, New OrderThe KillersTito JacksonSimple Minds, Divine ComedyShaun RyderGary NumanSleaford Mods, The Brand New Heavies.

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THE HARMONY CODEX features:

1 INCLINATION

2 WHAT LIFE BRINGS

3 ECONOMIES OF SCALE

4 IMPOSSIBLE TIGHTROPE

5 ROCK BOTTOM

6 BEAUTIFUL SCARECROW

7 THE HARMONY CODEX

8 TIME IS RUNNING OUT

9 ACTUAL BRUTAL FACTS

10 STAIRCASE

THE HARMONY CODEX will also be released as a limited edition 3-disc deluxe hardback book set. In addition to a CD of the album, the set includes Harmonic Distortion, a 77-minute reimagining of the album featuring alternate versions and remixes by Manic Street Preachers, Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears), Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth), Interpol, Meat Beat Manifesto, Faultline, and Radiophonic Workshop. The third disc is a deluxe-only version of the BluRay featuring high resolution 96/24 stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes of The Harmony Codex, 2 videos, and exclusive instrumental mixes of the full 65-minute album in high res 96/24 stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos. The 100-page Carl Glover-designed hardback book features Hajo Mueller’s stunning artwork, meticulously created over an 18-month period in close collaboration with Steven during the making of the album.

Disc 1 – THE HARMONY CODEX

1 INCLINATION

2 WHAT LIFE BRINGS

3 ECONOMIES OF SCALE

4 IMPOSSIBLE TIGHTROPE

5 ROCK BOTTOM

6 BEAUTIFUL SCARECROW

7 THE HARMONY CODEX

8 TIME IS RUNNING OUT

9 ACTUAL BRUTAL FACTS

10 STAIRCASE

The Harmony Codex - Steven Wilson

Disc 2 – HARMONIC DISTORTION

1 Codex Theme #7

2 Economies of Scale – Manic Street Preachers remix

3 Codex Theme #9

4 Inclination – Faultline remix

5 Impossible Tightrope – alternate version

6 Codex Theme #6 4

7 Beautiful Scarecrow – Meat Beat Manifesto Excursion 1

8 Codex Theme #8

9 Time is Running Out – Mikael Åkerfeldt version

10 Staircase – Interpol Remix

11 Codex Theme #3

12 What Life Brings – Aug 22 mix by Roland Orzabal

13 The Harmony Codex – long take

14 Staircase – Radiophonic Workshop remix

Disc 3 – THE HARMONY CODEX BluRay

1. 5.1 INSTRUMENTALS (96/24)

2. 5.1 MIX (96/24)

3. ATMOS INSTRUMENTALS (48/24)

4. ATMOS MIX (48/24)

5. HIGH RESOLUTION STEREO (96/24)

6. STEREO INSTRUMENTALS (96/24)

ECONOMIES OF SCALE video (Directed by Charlie Di Placido)

THE HARMONY CODEX video (Directed by Crystal Spotlight/Miles Skarin)

THE HARMONY CODEX was written, performed and produced by Steven Wilson.

 

Xsnoize Author
Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast.Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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