Messier 15 - a new work that just sort, well, happened
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:48PM

So there I was, reading the New Scientist, minding my own business (and as William Burroughs said, "There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business!"), when there was this gorgeous Hubble telescope image of the distant globular star cluster Messier 15:

I don't know about you, but when I see an image like this, I think, "picture to sound conversion!"

So I took this image, and fed it into Nicolas Fournel's program AudioPaint, and using one of the Mt Meru scales I developed based on Erv Wilson's work, and some sawtooth waves (about 902 of them, to be prezact), got a 30 second sound file that sounded like this:



I liked the sound - you can hear how it gets denser and noisier in the middle, reflecting the shape and density of the star cluster.

Then I thought, "What if this were played a lot more slowly?" And "What if the scale the image was mapped to was a diatonic one?"

So I set up AudioPaint to make a 20 minute version in one of the ancient Greek (just intonation) modes - the Phrygian Diatonic in Archytas's tuning, no less.  This sounded gorgeous.  I was happy.

And then - "But what about doing the same thing in two different modes?  So I did - using the Hypodorian Diatonic (Archytas's version again) and the Lydian Diatonic (Archytas's version, but also a tip o the Hatlo hat to George Russell, of course).  Again, both gorgeous.

So I spliced them together, and listened over headphones while going to sleep.  And had a VERY satisfying nights sleep drifting off to slumberland with this.  

Eventually, I found the time to listen while awake and conscious.  I still liked it.

But wait a minute!  Now I've got ANOTHER hour long piece!  In a world which demands everything be a 20 second soundbyte.  What do I do with this piece?

Well, put it on the internet, of course.  And give it away for free.

So here it is.  "Messier 15 Globular Cluster In Three Different Modes for an Hour."  I hope you'll enjoy it.  And maybe you too will find that it's an aid in having sweet dreams and deep sleep, or if you're listening to it awake, maybe you'll also be pleased with it's sound.  Enjoy.





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