Δευτέρα, 2 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

From Beyond part 2

'But in his paradise logic came to visit
A mythic creature with beauty in its voice
And gave him insructions on how to prevail
And overcome the panic of his twisted reality'
(Bjorn 'Aldrahn' Dencker)


As most of you (should) know, in August and September of 1977 two Voyager spacecraft were launched to fly by and explore the planets of Jupiter and Saturn.Voyager 1, after successful encounters with the two, was sent out of the plane of the ecliptic to investigate interstellar space(more information about Voyager 1 and 2 here and here).

One of the most fascinating aspects of these two space probes is, among others, that they recorded and processed electromagnetic data during their course in order to be perceivable within the human hearing range.
In simple words, they recorded the sounds-music, if you prefer-of our solar system..to be more specific, we are talking about 'audio' data from planets' magnetosphere, about electromagnetic field noise within space itself and from charged particle emissions from the rings of certain planets, among others.

In 1992 NASA released a 5cd compilation of these recordings, named Symphonies Of The Planets-NASA Voyager Recordings which naturally became quickly legendary among audiophiles, field recordings/dark ambient fans and people who were just curious to hear these sounds from space.




Being an ambient fan myself, i find these recordings fascinating from many aspects.First of all, from a clear music perspective, this is A-quality drone.Second, the fact that is not of human origin(though processed by human-made equipment)makes it even more spectacular.Moreover, it was highly influential for dark ambient in general:take as an example Lustmord and his awesome 1994 album titled The Place Where The Black Stars Hang.. i don't think i need to continue, the connection is obvious.




So, to wrap it all up, while the first part of From Beyond thematic post was about sounds from supernatural(?) sources, in the second part we offer a dark ambient landmark of-verified-otherworldly origin..for what is worth,you don't get bored visiting Precession Of The Equinoxes, right?



(files are in flac format)
Space
Vacuum?