The Interstellar Suite 25th Anniversary Edition is available in High Definition 5.1 surround sound as a 96/24 HiRes .flac download at High Res Audio, a high resolution music download service based in Germany. A HiRes stereo .flac version is also available.
The Interstellar Suite, Bhatia’s first album, is an original symphonic composition, orchestrated for synthesizers. Bhatia’s work builds on the work of Tomita and Wendy Carlos, but benefits from a decade of technical advancements from the time of their best-known works. The arrangements are for a ‘synthesizer orchestra’, prominently featuring the Moog Minimoog. The work was sequenced on a Roland MCA500, with only 16 MIDI channels.
You can learn more about the history of The Interstellar Suite, and the details behind its electronic orchestration, in our interview with Amin Bhatia.
The Interstellar Suite 25th Anniversary Edition
Initial reviews say that the new ‘HD’ mixes of the work, engineered by Frank Morrone, are “a thorough workout for an audiophile 5.1 surround sound system.” With 90db of dynamic range, “the quiets are soundless and the louds are stentorian.”
Bhatia says that he is doing “a soft rollout” of the Anniversary Edition, starting with download, with a Blu-Ray edition to follow. See the project site for the Anniversary release for more details.
A high resolution download (.flac file) will playback via USB stick in a .flac compatible home theatre. (Sony/Marantz/Denon etc.). See the TripletRecords site for details on the release.