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Cassini's Dreams (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)

by China Blue

“Cassini’s Dreams” is a rich audio experience, built from raw data and artistic interpretation that lets you join Cassini in her exploration of the rings of Saturn.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introplanetary (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
0:39 album only
2. Hohmann's Ballet (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
2:07 album only
3. Cassini’s Dream 1: Unveiling (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
3:48 album only
4. Cassini’s Dream 2: Collecting Echoes (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
4:41 album only
5. Cassini Dream 3: Propellers and Spokes (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
4:34 album only
6. Cassini’s Dream 4: Small Orbits (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
3:57 album only
7. Cassini’s Dream 5: Kamikaze Snowflakes (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
4:40 album only
8. Cassini’s Dream 6: Grand Murmuration (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
3:22 album only
9. Surfing the Gap (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
1:43 album only
10. Cloudboarding (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
4:23 album only
11. Saturn Remains (feat. Lance T. Massey & Seth S. Horowitz)
1:00 album only
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Album Notes
Your purchase of this CD goes to support of The Engine Institute, Inc, a non-profit 501- (c)(3) institution.

This album was inspired by the image of Saturn and her rings. As a visual artist I look closely at images and thought that Saturn’s rings looked like a vinyl record album with all of the tracks as her rings and I imagined that the gaps of the tracks as the spaces between the rings. Then as a sound based artist I realized that to create the sounds of her rings would be a unique and exciting CD to produce.

This is an unusual multi-disciplined project marrying art with science. It was created by China Blue a sound artist who was the first person to record the Eiffel Tower with Lance T. Massey the T-Mobile ringtone and award winning composer and Seth S. Horowitz a Neuroscientist who applies the science of how the brain processes sound to music. Together they produced these works which were realized through the support of NASA RI/Space and Canadian Council of the Arts grants.

There have been a few limited experiments in sonifying information about Saturn. Voyager 2, an earlier probe that explored Saturn in 1981, recorded unusual tiny collisions with the craft, that when translated into sound revealed the “pings” to be impacts with dust and ice particles outside the ring system. The Cassini team used this trick to listen with greater accuracy as Cassini swooped around the rings as it orbited the system. And Cassini’s passenger, the Huygens probe, used the Doppler shifting of radio waves to let us listen in to winds on Saturn’s cold but environmentally complex moon before landing in a dried propane river bed. The album "Cassini's Dreams" is a more complex sonification of raw data of the dust and ice particles combined with of an artistic interpretation of what would be heard from Cassini's viewpoint as it traveled through and around Saturn's rings.

On track one "Introplanetary," you will hear a sonic interpretation of the quiet, emptiness Cassini experienced on her 10 year gravity driven slingshot maneuvers that took her by Venus, Earth and then Jupiter to get to Saturn.

Track two is "Hohmann’s Ballet." Cassini’s complex gravity dependent orbits put her and our ears swinging around and past the rings, plunging through the crystalline sounds of ice crystals and dust particles as they pummel the space craft.

In track three: "Cassini’s Dream 1: Unveiling", Cassini’s dreams are interpretations of individual explorations of the seven main rings, starting with the relatively quiet structure of the outermost dim, yet dynamic F ring.

Track four is called: "Cassini’s Dream 2: Collecting Echoes." Cassini’s radar exploration of the rings and the surface of cloud-covered Titan helped her reveal structures invisible to cameras or far away human eyes.

Track five "Cassini’s Dream 3: Propeller and Spokes" is a sonic exploration of some of the more unusual features of the rings, the “spokes,” charged particles trapped and moved with Saturn’s rotating magnetic field, and acoustic “prop wash” from the propeller moons, tumbling through the tiny particles of the rings.

In "Cassini’s Dream 4: Small Orbits," track six, Cassini’s data showed not only the grandeur of the rings, but also of the sixty-two known moons and numerous tiny moonlets orbiting within the rings themselves, creating a complex multibody acoustic ballet.

Track seven: "Cassini's Dream 5: Kamakazi Snowflakes," we hear a a subtle and complex tale of gravity and energy, while most of the mass of the Saturn is tied up in the planet, rings and moons, uncountable numbers of tiny ice particles escape and fill the surrounding system, slamming into the ship.

Track eight: "Cassini’s Dream 6: Grand Mumuration" reflects on the pattern of birds flocking in a giant cloud of wing. The ring particles form an enormous planet-spanning field that orbits the planet in persistent flight.

On nine is "Surfing the Gap." Here we hear the ship as it dips between the rings and the planet it hears Saturn’s electromagnetic field and stray dust and ice particles that have escaped the rings.

Ten is called "Cloudboarding." In her final moments, Cassini is sent to surf the Saturnian cloud decks to keep her from possibly contaminating the surface of the planets icy (and life bearing?) moons, using her last few ergs of energy to signal home until she briefly lights up the skies like a lightning flash before disappearing forever.

Finally on track eleven in "Saturn Remains" our eyes and ears around Saturn are gone (for now), leaving us with years-worth of information to inspire us to send out our next explorer. But Saturn remains, waiting in the dark.

I hope you enjoy the CD.



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