Billy Corgan Plotting Reissue of Smashing Pumpkins' 'Machina' and Archival Demos Comp
Published May 23, 2014Smashing Pumpkins have been incrementally reissuing their back catalogue in expanded form, and with an expanded edition of Adore still on the way, Billy Corgan and company have already lined up the next reissue: 2000's Machina/The Machines of God.
A post on Smashing Pumpkins' website reveals that the music is currently being transferred from the original 24-track tapes. The goal is apparently "to present Machina in the original form in which is was written." This means that it will be much longer than the shortened version that was initially released. Corgan calls the full-length version of the album "a theatrical narrative."
The set will include new remixes of all the material and live recordings from the era. There also may be "acoustic alternates, re-contextualized soundtrack pieces, and use of spoken word to create an immersive experience."
What's more, the Pumpkins might record some additional parts to bring the theatrical narrative to life. "I'm also not opposed to asking current artists to participate, singing songs as such on the compositions meant for other character's voices," Corgan said. "Finishing what the band started so long ago, and we just didn't have the strength to end."
Meanwhile, Corgan has been posting regular updates about the band's progress on their two planned albums, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night.
He's also considering releasing a collection of demos from 1985 and 1986. Corgan wrote that there is enough material for "10-15 albums," including "some goth, some heavy metal, and even some electronic stuff." He's considering releasing a limited vinyl compilation of some of the songs.