Yuni Wa’s single “Dark Matter Theory” is part physics, part social science
Electronic composer Yuni Wa released his latest, “Dark Matter Theory,” on streaming platforms Friday, June 12. The concept was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and its growing momentum, “but with a bit of a twist,” he said in a press release. “Dark matter is a phenomenon that is unseen and not well understood in the natural observable universe. Though fully invisible, physicists know it exists because galaxies would fly apart if it wasn’t there to hold them together. This song is a personal homage to black strength and how far-reaching black concept art can extend.” We caught up with Yuni earlier this week about the single, and about his take on tackling systemic racism.
You’ve said the new single is about societal change and black strength, but also about the phrase “dark matter” in its scientific terms. Can you elaborate on the connection between those ideas?
When I made this song, I was focused on making a representation of what I felt in my heart and what I grew up on. I want people to listen to the track and know that I’m African American and know that the sounds I’m using are the roots of my culture’s essence. Dark matter is an unseen phenomenon that holds the universe together and black people have held the world together for thousands of years with little to show for it in the government-sanctioned history that we are taught in school. Dark matter is harder to observe in the natural universe and so is the history of black people. But if you search hard enough for both of them, you can find them.
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