Billy Corgan Performs an 8+ Hour Ambient Interpretation of Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha

Billy Corgan, the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, made this announcement on his Facebook page last week:

On 2/28 I’ll be doing a show at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse [in Chicago]; start time noon, and due to nature of performance it’ll last 8-9 hours… As with all our events there is no charge. Performance will be centered around an ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha; built by modular synthesis, on the fly. Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created; + the first @Hexistential poster, and event t-shirts too. Hope to see you there.

One fan quickly responded: “Film this, please. This sounds like a truly special event, one that I’d be humbled to take in, even if a recording is the only way to do so.” Luckily, his wish was granted.

Above and below, you can watch Corgan’s long ambient interpretation. And, in our Free eBooks and Free Audio Books collections, you can find a copy of Herman Hesse’s existential novel from 1922. As you watch the video, you’ll encounter what SPIN describes as “a reading of the book itself, combined with modular synth blips, bloops, and textures.” Settle in and enjoy.

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