There’s an object in space right now near earth, and it’s carrying a highly curious signal; whip out your smartphone and perhaps you’ll crack its code.
Last Saturday (March 29), a NEPTUNE Modular Rocket was launched into space, carrying with it a Cube Satellite deemed Sat-JF14. Aboard that satellite is the new album from former Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante, and by downloading the Sat-JF14 app on an iOs or Android mobile device, one can download the album for free ahead of its April release.
According to a release, the album, “Enclosure,” is unlocked via the app after the satellite itself passes over the user’s geographic region. The app also comes with a chat service that allows those who have downloaded the release, Frusciante’s 12th as a solo artist, to communicate with each other.
“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,” Randa Milliron, co-founder and CEO Interorbital Systems, the company that created the rocket, said in a statement. “‘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 will be available for download until April 7, when the transmission from the rocket ends. After then, “Enclosure” will be widely available the next day, April 8.
Frusciante’s last LP, 2012’s “PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone,” peaked at No. 38 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.