About The Kepler Music
Johannes Kepler was a German renaissance astronomer. The Kepler spacecraft launched in 2009 was named after him. Its mission is to explore a tiny section of the Milky Way in the discovery of earth-like planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. It orbits 92 million miles from Earth.
Each song was crafted using actual data sent back to Earth from the Kepler spacecraft. Each planet observed has an individual signature and pattern to its orbit around its sun. The data collected comes back in measurements known as light curves.
Light curves are graphs that show the brightness of an object over a period of time. In the study of objects which change their brightness over time, such as novae, supernovae, and variable stars, the light curve is a simple but valuable tool to a scientist.
These light curves are translated into tone sequences, (the process is called sonification) those sequences are assigned to instruments and in some cases mixed with environmental sounds for a finished piece.
Instruments used in the studio to play The Kepler Music include the 1827 antique square Lucas Piano, the Coney Island Carousel, wooden pipe organ pipes, 21" stamped metal discs, live crickets, bicycle bells, turntable, miscellaneous electronics, radios.and handcrafted sound waves.
About Chiang My Days
Recorded on location in June & July of 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Chiang My Days chronicles a visit to a beautiful Buddhist country that was welcoming in every way. During the typical rainy season each day was punctuated by midday downpours and transport in open pickup trucks around the country. With the fresh taste of basil and mango each meal was a welcome feast. Fresh rice from mountain paddies and passion fruit from high altitude rain forest groves fed the crew. This is the music that results from visits with city frogs, retired logging elephants, yodeling elders on motorcycles, circumspect Buddhist monks and city teenage marching bands. Have a listen.
Using NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, astronomers have discovered 2,740 planet candidates orbiiting 2,036 other suns in a search for Earth-size worlds. The search began in 2009. Kepler monitors a rich star field for planetary transits, whicvh cause a slight dimming of starlight when a planet crosses the face of its star. In “Kepler’s Planet Candidates,” the systems are ordered by star diameter. The star’s color represents its temperature as shown in the lower scale, and the letters (A, F, G, K, M) designate star types. The simulated stellar discs and the planet’s sillouettes are shown at the same scale, with saturated star colors. Look carefully: some systems have multiple planets. For reference, Jupiter is shown transiting the sun.
source: NASA Jason Rowe, NASA Ames Research Center and SETI Institute