Haroon Mirza | The Wave Epoch


Haroon Mirza & Jack Jelfs feat. GAIKA – The Wave Epoch – official album-length video


Incorporating music, poetry, incantation, archive and original video footage and homemade electronic instruments (including some built from discarded scientific equipment gifted by CERN), The Wave Epoch imagines a distant future in which the forgotten remains of the Large Hadron Collider have been rediscovered. How would a civilisation several thousand years from now interpret this vast circle carved into the landscape, with its miles of underground tunnels, cathedral-like spaces and forbiddingly complex machinery?


Taking this scenario as a starting point, the album and accompanying film are a visually-led sci-fi exploration of truth and belief, matter and consciousness, ritual and practice, and of the human quest to find patterns and order amidst the endlessly shifting realities of experience. 


Originally conceived by artists Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs during their 2018 residency at CERN – the largest particle physics lab in the world, and home of the iconic Large Hadron Collider – The Wave Epoch is an album and film developed in collaboration with artist / musician GAIKA (Warp Records / Spectacular Empire) and others who joined them on the residency. An immersive and multimedia live version of the album has been performed at the Brighton Festival, Lisson Gallery in London and Ministry of Sound as part of DRAF’s evening of performances.