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Music from the Future of the Past: How a 15-Year-Old Melody Became the Key to Launchland

The main melody for the track “Tau Ceti Center” is something I wrote around fifteen years ago. For some reason I could never quite grasp how to get this theme sorted out, though. I think I have tried in one form or another to make a publishable song from this theme from at least the late 1990’s. I guess I had already given up on it, when all of a sudden early last year, it just clicked.

Playing with an impOscar, I stumbled upon the dual arpeggiator lines that carry the song along, with the theme played on a Mellotron woodwind. The secondary theme came soon after, and with that the orchestration also clicked into place. The rhythm track, though, was harder. Bear McCreary’s soundtracks for Battlestar Galactica and Caprica have been a huge influence for me in the past few years. Drawing from that inspiration, the first version of the song had a very ethnically influenced rhythm track (something like “The Wild”, but wilder). The song was too hectic, though.

I remember listening to a concert by Jerry Goldsmith (of Star Trek fame) in Oulu in mid-90’s. I had paid attention to how Goldsmith often used a drum kit with the orchestra only to play out a straight beat comp. I tried out this basic rhythm, and things clicked into place: at this point, the rest of the music practically wrote itself.

After 15 years and I don’t know how many versions, it certainly felt weird to have this song sorted out. It still does.

Infinity Begins Everywhere and Ends Nowhere

You are at the very center of the Universe. And you. And you. And you. And…

“Turtles all the way down,” or “The Infinite Turtle Theory,” refers to the infinite regression problem in cosmology. This problem originates with the unmoved mover paradox. The turtle in the anecdote refers to the notion common in primitive cosmological mythology, that is to say, that the flat Earth was supported on the back of a giant World Turtle.

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In a Time When Speed is Essential, Lightspeed is Quintessential

By morning we are each spectators in our own cinemas.

The reality we wake up to is gradually mixed up with chrome-tinted virtual reality, augmented reality, alternative reality, enhanced reality, unreal reality. Worlds of light where light is more real than the real. Life, game, fiction, film all merge together into a texture of purposes and ideas and hopes and wishes. Enmeshed in the net is the Man as the node in a cyberpunk fantasy become reality. The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.

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It Is Not Enough to Stare Up the Steps, You Also Have to Step Up the Stairs

So many ways to go and look at the stars.

A space elevator is a proposed structure designed to transport material from a celestial body’s surface into space. Many variants have been proposed, all of which involve traveling along a fixed structure instead of using rocket powered space launch. The concept most often refers to a structure that reaches from the surface of the Earth on or near the Equator to geostationary orbit (GSO) and a counter-mass beyond.

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Between the Head and the Hand, There Must Be a Heart

‘Work’ is a term that is gradually losing meaning, all the while that we are in an ever growing need of meaningful work.

While it has to be admitted that Freder was born with the silver spoon, he did eventually grow to show character. Perhaps it is only fitting that the liberation of the workman arises from the very nest of the tyrant. Mediation, at best, combines the best of both worlds.

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Turn Back the Clocks and Enjoy the View

Maybe we could create a massive enough body to curve space-time. Just not in my backyard.

“He walked along quietly and sedately, without hurry, to avoid awakening suspicion. He scarcely looked at the passers-by, tried to escape looking at their faces at all, and to be as little noticeable as possible. Suddenly he thought of his hat. ‘Good heavens! I had the money the day before yesterday and did not get a cap to wear instead!'”

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Sometimes All It Takes Is a Little Boy and a Gun

The train goes through the darkness / Towards the sea of light / An endless universe where dreams lie scattered / Let us cross the bridge of stars.

Little Tetsuro travels with mystery woman Maetel all across the Galaxy to get himself a new robotic body. He is welcomed onboard the prestigious Galaxy Express 999, a state-of-the-art spacecraft constructed after the fashion of a 19th century steam train. Next stop, Mars station!

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Alpha Theta Kappa Phi

The Ancient Greek surely had a way with letters.

Α – Alpha waves are a type of brain waves that predominantly originate during wakeful relaxation with closed eyes.

Θ – Theta waves are a type of brain waves associated with creativity and dreams.

Κ – Connectivity is one of the basic concepts of graph theory. The connectivity of a graph is an important measure of its robustness as a network.

Φ – The golden ratio, also known as the divine proportion, golden mean, or golden section, is a number often encountered when taking the ratios of distances in simple geometric figures.

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Rymdskepp

Swedish-English: rymdskepp (n.) = space ship, a spacecraft, especially one controlled by a crew.

The 6985 Cosmic Fleet Voyager carries a crew of several astronauts and ports a lunar vehicle for surface reconnaissance. Originally released in 1986, the spacecraft is aptly suited for both in-system and interstellar exploration. While not armed for combat, high-powered dual front-mounted lasers provide defensive measures in the case of hostile encounters.

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Music from the Future of the Past

Robots dream in the high alleys hidden in the bosom of cities of steel.

On orbital rings, lands are recreated, lush with willow-trees, teeming with colorful birds.

We think about the next move.

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