Quindar is a newly formed musical project between Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen and art historian James Merle Thomas (currently a postdoc scholar at USC). Their music, which remixes NASA’s audio and video archive, is a creative extension of Thomas’ research, which explores the connections between postwar American avant-garde art and NASA. The title song from their two-track EP “Twin-Pole Sunshade” walks listeners through NASA’s 1973 Skylab 2 mission, when the crew had to make substantial repairs. History becomes digestible, danceable and wholly immersive as Quindar executes its parallel musical improvisations. Catch the two performing live at Wilco’s music and arts festival Solid Sound, at Mass MoCA later this June.
Quindar: Twin-Pole Sunshade