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Apollonian Elements

By george bowles on January 28, 2016 6:10 am

possibly will be used as a sitari track, other project, or maybe stand alone wb theme. I interpreted the theme of space by utilizing some samples from NASA's soundcloud page. i wanted to make human communication seem echoing forever in space once recorded. the mass duplication of these events such as Apollo launch will forever reverberate. well, at least as long as humans are around, or some other more intelligent race from other worlds or dimensions finds it or can somehow hear it as we do.

once i made the space sound uncontained by applying many different types of delays, echoes, and reverbs to the samples, i somewhat tied it together with some drum sounds and synthesizer sounds that weave in and out of the entropy. to top it all off, i also included both clean and interestingly warped and texturized samples of sounds recorded by satellites around our solar system such as a Jupiter moon, basically strange space sounds. lightning from jupiter, saturn's aurora, etc.

"The drama’s exhibition of the phenomena of suffering individuals (Apollonian elements) forces upon the audience the struggle, “the pain, the destruction of phenomena,” which in turn communicates “the exuberant fertility of the universal.” The spectators then become, as it were, one with the infinite primordial joy in existence, and we anticipate, in Dionysian ecstasy, the indestructibility and eternity of this joy."

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February 1, 2016 1:21 am

Certainly not the cliché space music. Excellent.

February 1, 2016 8:45 pm

This is fantastic, George!  This definitely sounds like what I would imagine the "echo of the Earth" to sound like.  I might have trimmed the track length, or broke it up into sections with some other music pieces mixed in.  The concept and execution are really strong - impressed with your work as usual!

February 1, 2016 8:55 pm

I never would have expected NASA to have a soundcloud page. Very inventive!

February 2, 2016 6:09 pm

Sonic landscape is barren and unforgiving. Ye we can find comfort knowing all will end soon....anywho it would be an interesting thought to tune instruments to the Freq of the jupiter moon. Create a scale and a sort of time scale/rhythm based on the orbit to sun orbit ratio?

February 2, 2016 6:49 pm

If this played in a large room with insane space projections blasting all over the place, well, I'd pay a lot of money to experience it.

February 2, 2016 9:28 pm

grabbed those nasa samples as well smile cool track, the kind of noise i'm into, downloading smile

February 6, 2016 10:00 pm
orangedrink wrote:

This is fantastic, George!  This definitely sounds like what I would imagine the "echo of the Earth" to sound like.  I might have trimmed the track length, or broke it up into sections with some other music pieces mixed in.  The concept and execution are really strong - impressed with your work as usual!


i agree, it is too long and too static... could have done more with it compositionally or edited it for sure... part of the idea is that i wanted it to be an endurance piece though to reflect the unknowable vastness of space, you kind of get lost in the track as it wears on the listener.

February 6, 2016 10:01 pm
Mr Mort wrote:

Sonic landscape is barren and unforgiving. Ye we can find comfort knowing all will end soon....anywho it would be an interesting thought to tune instruments to the Freq of the jupiter moon. Create a scale and a sort of time scale/rhythm based on the orbit to sun orbit ratio?

yup, that's what i was going for, barren and unforgiving. this too shall pass. interesting idea!

February 6, 2016 10:02 pm
Sodabelly wrote:

If this played in a large room with insane space projections blasting all over the place, well, I'd pay a lot of money to experience it.

fantastic idea! maybe have 4 or even 8 speakers... the visuals would make it a much more interesting piece. wish i could have a psychedelic experience in such a space.

February 6, 2016 10:03 pm
yan_g wrote:

grabbed those nasa samples as well smile cool track, the kind of noise i'm into, downloading smile

glad you liked it, thanks for listening! i actually am getting more and more into experimental noise and drone as i get older. kind of an acquired taste at least in my perspective.

February 6, 2016 10:12 pm

conceptualization: the synth and abstract percussion represent the small scale quantum dynamics of the universe, while the ambience and echoing light element in the background represent large scale along with all the reverby goodness. and the aforementioned human authorities announcing it all to the cosmos, reflecting upon themselves.

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