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Sunrise on Iavanna (Space Challenge & Bell Project)



 Genre: Ambient

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My take on SmokeyVW's "Bell Project", with a story:

It had been over 20 years since astronomers had discovered an Earthlike planet orbiting the star Sirius. Now, a crew of four men and four women lay hibernating in a landing capsule on the planet’s surface. Slowly, the life-support system begins to warm up the sleepers.

John was the first to wake up. Slowly, he climbed out of his pod and onto the capsule floor. Checking on his mates, he could see that they were all still alive and beginning to stir.

Then he checks the monitors showing the conditions outside the capsule. Atmospheric pressure is only about .64 atmospheres; rather thin, but probably not dangerously so. The O2 concentration is about 17%; with little if any methane and ammonia also a little on the thin side, but tolerable and not toxic. Outside temperature is -3 degrees Celsius; rather chilly, but easily tolerable in a light jacket, much less a space suit. Wind speed; about 30 KPH.

He looks out through the capsule window at the increasing light on the landscape. “Must be ‘sunrise’,” he thinks to himself. A mountain range rises in the background, behind a mountain lake. “At least we have water,” he thinks. Then he does a double-take when he sees several upright object nearby. Could it be? It is! Man’s first glimpse of extraterrestrial trees! And there are many more along the lakeshore and on the mountainside. Not only was there life here, but apparently plenty of it!

He knew he would have to make himself at home here, because there would be no returning to Earth. A million questions went through his mind: Were the plants edible? What sort of animals might there be? How about intelligent life?

John opens the hatch to the capsule and emerges, the first human ever to set foot on extrasolar soil. Facing the sunrise, he removes his helmet.

His last question is about to be answered.
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Uploaded: Oct 03, 2009 - 04:23:54 PM
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2009 - 09:07:05 PM Last Played: Jun 07, 2019 - 04:28:06 AM
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MarkHolbrook said 3547 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Covering two with one!
Smart man! Really really cool work Mr. Tin! Nicely done!
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Feter said 3547 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Sunrise on Iavanna
This is very solemn ..deep and so melodic ..
so much celtic like ..so much americana ...
so nice ..so inspiring ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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sloparts said 3547 days ago (October 3rd, 2009)
Nice piece Jim
I love the story like intro to this and it seems to me that the music is justly somber and yet hopeful, as the occasion would be,

Historic and grand yet subtle and subdued, I like it Neighbor,

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scofugate said 3546 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
sloparts is correct. The first time I listened I liked it a lot. The second time I listened I read the story and suddenly it brought forth a different life.
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Doug Somers said 3546 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
You set up quite the story here Jim
and then the music starts up and it really puts me into that place. Quiet, alien yet familiar too in parts. The noise track keeps things just the right amount on edge.

Love the sonic and verbal imagery.

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Lennon714 said 3546 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Love an ambiguous ending
I'm voting for nice aliens.

I like how this moves along. I'll have to get familiar with Bill's original to really wrap my head around it. But I LOVE the story you've got going on here.
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Ren-Tin-10 said 3546 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Let's see how your vote goes.
John felt a hand on his shoulder. Thinking it's one of his shipmates, he says, "Lovely place, isn't it?" Hearing no response, he turns his head.

It was not one of his shipmates, but instead, something he had only seen before in movies. The alien looked very much like he had expected them to look, with greenish skin and large, catlike eyes.

In flawless English, the alien replied, "We think so, too. I hope you like it here. Welcome to Iavanna."

"I hope so, too," said John, "because there's no way we can get back. One question, though, how do you know our language?"

"We have been receiving your radio and television signals for years. It's not common knowledge here, though. We were afraid of it corrupting our children, since we have no concept of violence."

On the one hand, John had serious doubts about what he and his crew had gotten themselves into. On the other hand, he knew he would like it here.
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richard13 said 3546 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Cool backstory and cooler music
I found the "noise" distracting however.
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Ren-Tin-10 said 3546 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
You know, come to think of it...
...the wind did sound a bit strong for just being 30 kph.
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Calchas said 3546 days ago (October 4th, 2009)
Sooner or later it will happen...
and WE just might be the "aliens." Will WE be "nice" aliens? One wonders...

Very nicely done man. Enjoyed!

Be well!
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Ex_Silentio said 3546 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Sunrise music
Very triumphant melody. Didn't quite get the hiss. Planet surface sounds, I suppose. Good story, too. I think if an alien tapped me on the shoulder, I would likely pass out before I could think of anything appropriately ceremonial to say.
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Reinholt56 said 3545 days ago (October 5th, 2009)
Hi RT10.....
Great description....Thought provoking to say the least. Great soundscape too.

Take care.

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TERRAPLANE said 3544 days ago (October 6th, 2009)
wonderful soundtrack
To a well written story ,,, thanks for sharing,, T
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Henke said 3542 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Great suspense
at the end. Will there be an alien at the end of those silent 15 seconds... Actually quite a nice listen. I think the noise level is OK. Possibly shorten it a little, but OK as is too. Thanks for sharing. Oh, cool photo, where did you take it? ;-)

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davajonah said 3539 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Two challenges in one!
Great take on Smokey's tune. It works too. Nice one.
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drakonis said 3539 days ago (October 11th, 2009)
Excellent twofer
Bell in the valley of Lavanna... great story line here, and sweet re-casting of Bill's tune. The music drifts on the light gusty wind, bringing images of this alien landscape that you've deftly painted in my mind. Kudos.
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Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise.

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