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Journey to Neon

by Julie Newdoll

Rich in harmony and texture, an eclectic mix of symphonic instruments, voice, electric guitar and various percussion that is at times beautiful, jazzy, dramatic, and always visual with rhythms and mood inspired by chemical and subatomic element traits.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. The Big Bang and Hydrogen
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2. Helium
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3. Lithium
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4. Beryllium
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5. Boron
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6. Carbon
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7. Nitrogen
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8. Oxygen
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9. Fluorine
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10. Neon
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Album Notes
Journey to Neon
Symphonic Suite of the First Ten Elements

A Brief Description of the Science Behind the
Syphonic Suites of the First Ten Elements
While you do not need to know the motivation behind creating the music contained in this album to enjoy it, the following description of atoms and the first ten elements explains how they inspired the work.

My journey took me through a period of creating rubber stamps, games and playing cards of the
first ten elements (search for Electronimoes). I also created a language called Formularrows
to make it easier to understand how atoms bond together for beginners to chemistry, and finally
was inspired to express my fascination of the subject through music. I am also a scientifically
inspired painter, and my work can be found if you look for Brush with Science. If you are part of an orchestra,
or group of musicians that wishes to play this music live, please contact me through my Brush with Science website
so we can work together on this!

A Brief Description of the First Ten Elements
As They Relate to the Ten Elements in
Journey to Neon; A Symphony of the First Ten Elements
by Julie Newdoll
The descriptions which follow are not meant to explain every nuance of the symphonies. This
is just the basic background of the first ten elements which contribute to the general mood and
construction of each movement. Simple diagrams of each element use an arrow to represent each
electron. Every element has the same number of electrons and protons, and this number determines
the name of the element. The number of electrons and how they are arranged around the
atom is the basis for the underlying rhythm in each movement. The chemical properties of each
element determine mood and construction.

1. Hydrogen
The hydrogen movement begins with a “Big Bang”. A simplified
explanation of this theory is that everything in our universe was at one time concentrated
at one point. All at once, this expanded, filling all of space. Collisions
between matter and antimatter created energy and disappeared, but enough
extra matter existed so that some could persist - a most fortunate situation for
the existence of our universe. As particles of this matter bumped and jarred each other, atoms
of hydrogen, the first element, were formed.
Hydrogen has one proton and one electron. Electrons always prefer to exist as a pair, and so
hydrogen immediately seeks to find another atom to bond with. A pair of electrons are the glue
that binds the two atoms together in a chemical bond. The movement finishes with hydrogen
rushing madly away to satisfy its need to find another atom in the same situation with which to

2. Helium
Helium has two protons and two electrons. Since helium has a pair of
electrons, and there is no more room in the first shell around an atom, helium is
completely satisfied. Atoms are like onions, with a series of shells that hold the
electrons. Helium does not need to bond with other atoms, and so is an inert
gas found in, for example, helium balloons. It is called a noble gas.

3. Lithium
Lithium has three protons and three electrons. The first
two electrons are paired up in the first shell around the atom,
inside the first wavy line. The third electron exists in the next shell
up, the second shell. This shell can hold up to eight electrons in
neighborhoods of various shapes, represented by the ring and the half-circles.
It is easy for other atoms to steal the third electron from lithium,
for then it is left with a happy pair of electrons in the first shell,
like stable helium. For this reason, it is an extremely reactive element.
Once it has lost an electron to another atom, it calms down into a
state of ionic attraction with that atom. Both states are
presented in this movement.

4. Beryllium
Beryllium has four protons and electrons. Two electrons are trapped in the first
shell, and two are in the second shell. It is much less reactive than
lithium, but it is not inert, like a noble gas, because there are other
empty neighborhoods in the second shell. Beryllium can make two
bonds with the two electrons in this shell by rearranging the neighborhoods.
Emeralds contain a lot of beryllium. The mood is much
calmer than lithium, and the rhythm has a beat of two lower notes for
the electrons in the first shell, and two beats for the electrons in the
outermost shell, at a higher energy level and thus a higher pitch.

5. Boron
Boron has five protons and
electrons. Two are trapped in the innermost shell, like the previous elements.
Three are in the next shell up and are available to make bonds.
This combination of five total electrons, where only three can make
bonds, is used to construct the rhythm of this piece. You can hear at
first three beats, like a waltz, followed by five beats. It is not volatile,
and forms such compounds as are used in borax. Yet, there is some
complexity to the types of compounds which can be formed because of
the empty neighborhoods in the outer shell. Thus, a mood of delicate
complexity defines this movement.

6. Carbon
Carbon has six protons and electrons. Two are trapped in
the innermost shell, leaving four in the second shell. Carbon can
make four bonds with these four electrons, which is more than the
other nine elements. This makes it a versatile element and a major
building block of life, composing much of living things. The strong
four cracks in the rhythm reflect this. Carbon often forms long
chains, and so the piece continues on.

7. Nitrogen
Nitrogen has seven protons
and electrons, and like the previous
elements, has two trapped in the innermost shell, leaving five in the
next shell. This is reflected in the sound of the drum in the beginning.
The electrons spread out as far as possible, but once there are five,
two of them make a pair, leaving three electrons searching for bonds
in the second shell. The rhythm is thus two beats at a lower pitch, a
pair of beats in a higher pitch, and three lone beats at the same higher
pitch. Nitrogen is a stable gas in the air we breathe, but can also be
part of very explosive compounds, such as nitroglycerin.

8. Oxygen
Oxygen has eight protons and electrons. Two are trapped
in the innermost shell and six are in the next shell. The mood of
this piece is meant to capture the lofty nature of oxygen - most
importantly in the air we breath, as a protective blanket around our
earth protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun, and in our water,
which is where most of the oxygen on our planet is found.
9. Fluorine Fluorine has nine protons and electrons. Two are trapped
in the first shell, leaving seven in the next shell. Only eight will fit
in the second shell. Fluorine wants to fill the outer shell so badly,
it is a most reactive element! Once it has stolen an electron from
another element, it can remain calm in an ionic attraction arrangement,
such as in the fluoride of toothpaste. Many researchers
died or were badly injured trying to isolate and study fluorine.
The mood in this piece is unpredictable and explosive, while at
times calm, to reflect the character of this element. The rhythm is
less stable as well.

10. Neon
Neon has ten protons and electrons. Two fill up the first
shell and eight fill up the next shell. There is no more room left in
the second shell, all the electrons have a mate, and so neon is full
and happy. Like helium, it is considered a noble gas. Also like helium,
one electron can be bumped up in energy to the third shell.
When this electron falls back down where it belongs, energy is
given off in the form of light. That is why this inert gas is used in
neon lights. It is not reacting, but rather, it is being excited and
then relaxing back down to its normal state. This accounts for the
faster paced central portion of the movement, and the fall back
down to an unexcited state at the end.

This concludes the symphony
- the Journey to Neon.

Composers dream of having their music played live. This album was composed by Julie Newdoll and produced using high quality sample libraries of recorded symphonic instruments, as well as live recordings of my performance on acoustic piano, as well as my own voice in parts. I would love to hear and record a live orchestrated version of the work, should anyone that hears the music contained in this album wish to work with me on a live recording. I am also working on a full fledged symphony of these ten movements, with a larger range of instruments, and all my works are notated as scores for musicians to use in performance.



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