Man of the Earth and EDM superstar Zedd is getting super elemental for a new National Geographic project. He’s scoring the network’s latest docuseries, entitled One Strange Rock, which debuted Monday night—it will air in 10 parts over the next two months, and seems like some sort of origin story for Earth, attempting to situate its place in the universe as told by people who’ve seen it from outer space. Somehow, Zedd makes sense here?
The series is produced by Darren Aronofsky, a self-obsessed director who would probably fuck the earth if given an opportunity, and hosted by Will Smith, a man who survived After Earth. Zedd, for one, is an Aronofsky-liker (who can relate):
“I’ve always been a fan of Darren Aronofsky, and am really excited to partner with National Geographic to create an original composition for the series,” Zedd is quoted in a press release. “I’ve immersed myself in the visual spectrum and am inspired to take on a different approach by experimenting with natural sounds and exploring grand themes that are representative of the world around us.”
Frankly, based on the snippet included in the trailer, Zedd holds his own. I’ve always thought his brand of EDM could feel both grander and more restrained than some of his contemporaries, so it’s a natural fit for a show of these ambitions. Plus he’s got strings, so you know it’s earthy as hell.
“It’s all so wonderfully unlikely, and yet it’s here,” says a mustached science man at the end of the trailer, which could either be referring to the earth’s existence or this ambitious crossover event.
Check out a preview of the earth-space show below, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on National Geographic: