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Listen: Flaming Lips 24-hour song

The Flaming Lips have taken wacky promotional items to a new level in the past few months. And now, just in time for Halloween, they've released an actual human skull. Containing a 24-hour song.

'7 Skies H3' is loaded on to a hard drive encased inside an actual human skull and only 13 are in existence. The skulls — topped with chrome drips — are on sale for $5,000, but you can hear the song right now over at flaminglipstwentyfourhoursong.com.

Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne talked to Pitchfork about the skull ("It's a pretty exotic art object. This guy in Oklahoma City has a place called Skulls Unlimited where you can actually buy human skulls-- there are real human heads in there with the skin getting taken off of them. It's absurd."), gummy vaginas ("We're going to make a skull that has an actual vaginal fucking thing stuck to the back of it-- you have to reach into it to get the USB.") as well as how the song is not necessarily meant to be listened to in one sitting. Unless if maybe you're on 'shrooms:

Pitchfork: What about the 24-hour song, then?

WC: That's more of a commitment. I would suggest that people don't have to listen to the whole thing at one time, but I think some will. It's like a rite of passage. [laughs] I could imagine a group people getting some mushrooms, going to a hotel room, listening to it and then coming out the other side, like, "This changed us."

Pitchfork: Do you have dreams of doing a week-long song now?

WC: We were debating if we could do a song that would last a month. But you quickly get into the mechanisms by which you can play these things. Just by coincidence, the longest unbroken piece of sound that ProTools can do lasts six hours. There are very few mechanisms by which you can deliver a 24-hour song. We've discovered them, but you run into limits of, like, "How would anybody ever be able to hear it?" A song that would play for more than a couple of days would really just have to be coming out of a device that is playing music over and over and over, and we weren't really into that. Brian Eno has a song that plays for 30 years, but we don't just want a computer generating sounds.


Flaming Lips are appearing at the Harvest Festival, which kicks off in Melbourne on November 12th.

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