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This is for the Macjams Space Race Challenge - 2013

Using the latest data from the Kepler space telescope, scientists have found a planet in a strange chaotic orbit in a binary star system.


The planet weaves around and between its two stars. The path is not a simple circle or ellipse. It seems to be a completely bizarre, never quite repeating knot tied in space.

It just so happens this planet harbors intelligent life! The population includes a small group of astronomers who quietly over time have been figuring out the orbit of their home planet.

One day (whatever that is!), one of them is reviewing the observations and the math yet again, and has just had an epiphany: there is no way to know if, or when, their planet could be flung out into interstellar space, leading to certain death.

This music represents my state of mind at that very moment of comprehension.

It's in two parts. The first part is digital, the second organic.

The first part was generated by a computer program that simulates 1 dimensional cellular automata. Several parameters are set at random to produce each song, such as number of states, width of neighbor dependency, next state transition rule, initial state, mapping of output to pitches.


I listened to a bunch of them and picked one I liked.

The second part was crafted in GB using the pencil tool, some from scratch, some from heavily mod'ed loops. It was done randomly and intuitively. I really can't explain what I did.
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richard13 said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
Oh oh...
the sh*t might be about to hit the fan.

One of the best things about your posts Bill, is the educational value one can get from them. An interesting division too, digital and organic. I'm not going to try to fathom any symbology or storytelling from this piece, but know that I listened and enjoyed, and later I'll check out your two resource references.
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Corporal Beef said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
Oh Oh
In my imagination I saw an old silent movie of the astronomers at the very moment you described. It was both campy and foreboding, kind of like this piece. I love the progression of the second part of your composition, and I thought you did a great job representing your premise. Thanks for posting!
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bud said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
great contrast between the two sections
but still they feel related in some way. love the foreboding tension and at the same time the sense of whimsy in part two. excellent premise and use of outside forces.
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sammydix said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
i think the blend worked well. all kinds of mood swings in one tune.
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DWL said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
Anything you post
challenges me (in a good way I might add)

Amazingly inventive and engaging.

I don't know what you did either but it's impressive (pencil tool? blimey!)

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PeterB7858 said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
Oh oh (src2013)
There is a touch of the "silent movies" about this, Bill. It is a very creative and intriguing post. I enjoyed the listen. Thanks, Peter.
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alackbass said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
Oh oh (src2013)
I was picking up that same silent movie vibe Jason and Peter did. Brought a smile.
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particledots said 2062 days ago (November 1st, 2013)
is the way to go

enjoyed this very much

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SpaceRace_Challenge said 2061 days ago (November 2nd, 2013)
digital cells
organic chaos, harnessed... for now. I can feel the ineffable menace... the uncaring, unknowing gravity of the inevitable spiral of doom.
Henke said 2060 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Cool interpretation
Seems you really got this challenge right, with the digital and organic themes, the outer space reference and you even spelled (src2013) right ;-) Even the music is a winner to my ears and I can certainly relate to the random intuition composing style :-)

Thanks and take care,
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Ex_Silentio said 2060 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Oh no, this is clearly a soundtrack. It is impossible not to imagine the olde tyme movie scene while listening to this. I actually tried NOT to imagine two old lab-coated guys in an old-style observatory, who refer to each other as "Professor," pointing to the chalkboard and yelling, waving their arms in alarm and protest, "We are doomed Professor! Doomed, I tell you!" Just then, the beautiful daughter walks in with a tray of tea. Nicely done.
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sschedra said 2060 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
"I really can't explain what I did."
. . . and yet the result is truly interesting and musical expressive. I really like the second part with its building suspense.
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MannequinRaces said 2060 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Brings A Smile
Really cool Bill. Brings a smile to my face. Digging the orchestration used.
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Doug Somers said 2059 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Orbital eccentricities
Part 1 is interesting due to its pseudo-random nature. Is it the ignorant bliss of everyday life or the difficluty in the minds of the astronomers in fully grasping all of the mind-blowing implications of their discovery. Part 2 has menace, uncertainty and also an undercurrent that the ending is not going to be good. It's interesting how you wove the fragments that then build into this stirring symphony of the damned. Nice work as always Bill.

Ps -I noticed that on my iPad the piece seems to repeat back to the beginning. I seem to recall this was a problem listening to other posts in the past. If it was an intentional DC then I'm sorry I missed the real end of the piece.
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SmokeyVW said 2059 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
there is no reprise. it should just fade away into the void -- thanks!
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magnatone said 2057 days ago (November 6th, 2013)
oh oh
giving new meaning to the word "cool"
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davajonah said 2055 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
Very interesting!
Especially the second part. Doing things randomly and intuitively and not being able to explain what you did, is exactly the way I work! I think those astronomers are also up for a bit of boogy-woogy piano too, in their own random way!
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