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by Cassie Beevis

Inspired by The South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, this instrumental album of electronic-based space music includes tracks inspired by Buzz Aldrin, the winds of Titan, and a lonely Hammond organ marooned with the Spirit rover on Mars!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Spirit's Last Sunset
5:54 $0.99
2. Desert Ocean Mars
7:32 $0.99
3. Right Ascension
5:31 $0.99
4. The Stars Come Out For You
5:14 $0.99
5. Aqua Europa
5:06 $0.99
6. Solar Sailing
5:16 $0.99
7. Moonbase Buzz
5:01 $0.99
8. Falling From the Stars
6:05 $0.99
9. And From the Vacuum
4:45 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Track 1: Spirit's Last Sunset
The Mars rover 'Spirit', stuck helplessly in the fine Martian sand, bravely faces its final sunset before the Martian winter sets in, forcing it to shut down its battery and conserve its power until Spring arrives, or maybe forever. A lonely saxophone & hammond accompanies it on its last night 'alive' in a celebration of its life spent happily roving the Martian terrain, its twin and only other operational mechanical resident of the red planet - Opportunity - is thousands of miles away in the other hemisphere, unaware of its sibling's plight.

Track 2: Desert Ocean Mars
Ode to the red planet's ravined landscape, where once there were oceans, and now only desert dust.

Track 3: Right Ascension
The heavens reveal themselves in a continuous spin as the Earth turns.

Track 4: The Stars Come Out For You
Like a child watching the stars ‘come out’ at night, here they do - one by one, followed by planets and the whole host of spaceward wonders. The night is filled with the majesty of the Milky Way until it, and all stars, disappear in the first whispers of morning sunlight.

Track 5: Aqua Europa
Arthur C Clarke predicted many things - including a sub-surface ocean on Jupiter's second-closest Galilean moon, Europa. We don't yet know if he was right! So let’s imagine taking a dive in a 'space submarine' through Europa’s thick icey crust down into the heated depths of a truly alien ocean. The sound of a harp guides you there.

Track 6: Solar Sailing
Solar sails have a romantic imagery, like grand majestic sailing ships in space! There they bask in the free-flowing charged particles of the solar 'wind', and are propelled galiantly onward on their journeys to distant worlds. The sense of romance is invoked by the Parisian-sounding musette, (a small musical instrument which sounds like an accordion).

Track 7: Moonbase Buzz
In homage to the man himself, I imagined Buzz Aldrin looking up at the Moon in those quiet moments when no one else is around, and thinking all those thoughts you might think if you had been to the Moon, and are one of only a handful of people who can look at our lunar neighbour with a knowing twinkle in his eye! I doubt I’ll ever be fortunate enough to meet the man, so I wrote him a tune instead!

Track 8: Falling From The Stars
This track features the laboratory-reconstructed audio of what it would have been like to descend to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. The sounds were taken from real recordings of the Huygens spacecraft as it hurtled down into Titan's thick nitrogen atmosphere on January 14th January 2005, to find a world rich in lakes of petroleum. The buffeting wind fades, and the music takes over as the trauma of falling from the stars onto an alien world subsides, and the spirit is stirred to see the beauty of it all, wherever you are. We've all somehow fallen from the stars to be where we are, haven’t we.

Track 9: And From The Vacuum
With all previous eight tracks being fairly relaxing in nature, (I hope!), this last track awakens you from your dreamy state in the same way that sudden music at the end of a cinema movie, when everyone gets up instantly and leaves before it's even finished, jolts you back to the here-and-now, and you are left with that slightly on-edge feeling because you are the only one left sitting there! (Nevermind, it made sense when I wrote this!). It was going to be a song with the words: 'Across the Universe, I stumbled on this little Earth, and from the vacuum I came falling from the stars', but ended up as an instrumental!
If you sing those words with the main tune, (played on lead synth), they do fit! I’ve really enjoyed making this album. I hope you enjoy it too.



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