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(SRC 2013) SECCHI A CME0054

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I haven't posted anything in a very long time, so I really needed this challenge to help kick me in the butt; thanks, Drak for another year of SRC. This is my first challenge ever, and I've been here like what, just over 8 years?

Anyway, the picture I used for this entry has been up in my classroom for a few weeks now, and my students and I have been discussing CME's during this time. When the SRC came up, I naturally gravitated (pun intended) toward this concept of musically interpreting solar activity. and I ended up writing some sort of musical piece describing the creation and journey of a solar flare from the surface of the sun to our ionosphere.

It starts calmly enough (for the sun), but quickly and violently erupts, belching electrons and charged protons at earth (sometimes). As those particles dance across the solar wind through the electrically charged plasma, they eventually reach earth's atmosphere. As they penetrate the ionosphere, the massive quantities of particles begin releasing energy as photons, and we mere humans, in our astounding lack of understanding, stare up in awe at the gentle waves lulling us into our imaginations.

I appreciate the common genre of space music, laden with thick envelopes and drones that transport us safely across the vastness of the universe, but in reality we all know space is a harsh, violent, and deadly environment. I choose to try and capture that in this piece, while still portraying the beauty and wonder of the cosmos.

I. Solar Arcade ( 0:00 )

II. Magnetic Reconnection ( 2:02 )

III. Prominence ( 2:45 )

IV. The Dance of Magnetohydrodynamia ( 4:11 )

V. Caressing the Magnetosphere ( 5:45 )

VI. Aurora Borealis ( 6:18 )

In the last few months I have immersed myself in experimental electronic music, from early Terry Riley, to Max Eastley and David Toop, to Rolf Julius, so it's no surprise that these masters would be influencing me on this tune. All sounds for this piece were created and played on my Korg MS2000B. Certainly not the best mix I've ever done, kind of down and dirty, but…whatevs.

Hope you enjoy.
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richard13 said 2175 days ago (November 2nd, 2013)
Cool concept piece
Not always pleasant listening but, as you point out, space is a harsh, violent, and deadly environment. I appreciate that you're exploring inner space (well, near space?) here, and like very much the division of your piece into named sections or movements. Another trippy entry.
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SmokeyVW said 2175 days ago (November 2nd, 2013)
nicely done
i really like how the rhythm changed to triplets around 2:30 or so Prominence is particularly interesting
around 4:40 is like being in an old arcade video game! cool
and finally Aurora shows the beauty that is derived from the chaos

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SpaceRace_Challenge said 2175 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
It's amazing how science can inspire music and this is classic in sound and feel. The left/right activity is really intense at times, like in part IV which makes the effect quite brain splitting. The curtains of aurora are gorgeous and are a wonderful contrast to the previous section.

Can I say this piece has been put together with great "flare"?
Henke said 2174 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
I like beautiful music
But it should not be "lame", but have an edge to it, something for the conscious mind as well as for the subconscious, if you like. And this is an excellent example of this. You even tell a story while at it. I like the seamless transitions between the various parts. Good work with placement of sounds - very intense at times, but that is just part of the story and quite alright.

So this is not your best mix? Hm, I think I need to go check your back catalog ;-)

Thanks and take care,
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Ex_Silentio said 2174 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
So there's a famous name. This is a fascinating piece. It has its unpleasantness about it but, strangely enough, it works. You're right, of course, about space being romanticized in space music, whereas nearly the entire Universe is dangerous to us fragile humans. I will have to think about what space ambient is actually "saying." This was an interesting experience, and I appreciate the inclusion of some physics stuff.
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sschedra said 2174 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
nice synth work
I like the melodic and the arpeggiated monophonic synth lines in this. Good job.
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bud said 2173 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
I love the structure you've created
and the use of a single synth - set parameters tend to lead to enhanced creativity - well that's just my opinion - but you've certainly shown it here. cool track
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MannequinRaces said 2173 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
This is pretty tasty sounding. Love the panned bass, wish the wee-ooo, wee-ooo high pitched sound that fades out about 2:50 wasn't as persistent or had more variation. After that the rest of the piece is golden. Love the variation and I'm jealous of people who can pull off writing long compositions that can keep the listeners attention that long! Well done!
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Doug Somers said 2172 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Fresh take on solar activity
I love how this could have been swirly synths and long evolving filtering of various waveforms but it is not. The palette you've chosen makes us really pay attention to the details especially the contrast between the energetic deadliness of what is going on in the sun and how we safely perceive the gently rippling folds of an auroral display. The use of titles for each part also helps guide our imaginations to your subject matter. Nice!
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davajonah said 2169 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
as. I really like this. It has a great retro feel, yet sounds thoroughly modern at the same time, if that is possible. The transitions are seamless. The last section is in complete contrast to all the rest, and is perhaps the one I like best. The solar flare is 'tamed' by the Earth's atmosphere and we view it as a thing of gentleness. Which it isn't at all! Nice music sir.
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PeterB7858 said 2168 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
I think this is a fine piece of music, Jason. You handle the transitions between the "episodes" brilliantly. The whole concept is pretty out there in scope but I think it is very creative and really turns the Space Race Challenge on its head. I prefer this to the standard droning synth fare that seems to dominate the challenge. Thanks, Peter.
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Skean said 2165 days ago (November 12th, 2013)
What a nice ride, huge work went in to this cool piece of work, thanks for sharing, peace.
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Bowman said 2165 days ago (November 12th, 2013)
A trip
well worth the taking. Lively mix with a perfect touch of the "random" and design.
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Warren Smith said 2162 days ago (November 15th, 2013)
Who knew cosmic radiation could be the source of so much joy? You have taken the harsh, deadly elements of space and transmitted them into the music of the spheres.
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aRcTip said 2161 days ago (November 16th, 2013)
The whole thing is really good, but VI. Aurora Borealis ( 6:18 )is just: wow!
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