Catalog

Trappist–1

Trappist–1 is composed to activate the acoustic properties of the performance space. We create ringing clouds of sound that resonate with the room. These clouds fade into silences, allowing for the interpenetration of the sonic environment, here the groaning of the barge, the roar of passing helicopters, and the too-familiar coughing of audience members. These sounds are picked up by our microphones and processed by our system, becoming enmeshed in the performance.

 

 

Star typeultra-cool red dwarf star
Alternate names: 2MASS J23062928-0502285
Constellation: Aquarius
Right ascension: 23h 06m 29.283s
Declination: −05° 02′ 28.59″
Distance: 40 light years (12 parsecs)
Planets:

  • Trappist–1 b – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.8 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 1.51087 Earth days (0.004 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 c – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~1.63 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 2.4218 Earth days (0.007 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 d – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.33 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 4.0498 Earth days (0.011 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 e – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.24 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 6.0995 Earth days (0.017 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 f – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.36 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 9.2064 Earth days (0.025 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 g – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.566 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 12.3528 Earth days (0.033 Earth years)
  • Trappist–1 h – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.086 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 18.7662 Earth days (0.051 Earth years)

Kepler-37

Kepler–37 is a performance for blindfolded performers who share a single benjolin synthesizer. The blindfolds force us to confront the inherently chaotic nature of the benjolin’s circuitry through active listening. Being unable to see either the settings of the knobs or the other player’s actions, we must rely on our ears and on a practiced musical telepathy to shape the sounds into a coherent performance.

 

 

Star type: G-type main-sequence (similar to Sol)
Alternate names: KOI-245, KIC-8478994, TYC 3131-1199-1
Constellation: Lyra
Right ascension: 18h 56m 14.28s
Declination: 44° 31′ 5.52″
Distance: 215 light years (66 parsecs)
Planets:

  • Kepler–37 b – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 13.3673 Earth days (0.037 Earth years)
  • Kepler–37 c – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 21.3019 Earth days (0.058 Earth years)
  • Kepler–37 d – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 39.7922 Earth days (0.109 Earth years)
  • Kepler–37 e – sub-Earth type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: ~0.01 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 51.196 Earth days (0.1403 Earth years)

Kepler-19

Kepler–19 was composed for mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers. In the spirit of NASA’s Golden Record, which sent Earth-music on the Voyager missions, this music incorporates Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula into its droning textures.

 

Star typeG-type main-sequence (similar to Sol)
Alternate names: TYC 3134-1549-1, 2MASS J19214099+3751064, GSC 03134-01549, KOI-84
Constellation: Lyra
Right ascension:19h 21m 41.002s
Declination: 37° 51′ 06.42″

Planets:

  • Kepler–19 b
    • Mass: ~1 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 9.287 Earth days (0.025 Earth years)
  • Kepler–19 c – super-Jupiter type (mass smaller than Earth, likely a rocky planet)
    • Mass: < 6 Jupiter Mass
    • Orbital Period:160 Earth days (0.438 Earth years)

 

DP Leonis

DP Leonis was composed for a performance with Elizabeth A Baker at the 2017 Florida International Toy Piano Festival. The performers improvise patterns based on rhythms that are rotations of the other performers’ rhythms. The ideas in this piece are derived from the rhythm circle scholarship by Godfried Toussaint.

 

 

Star typeeclipsing binary system comprised of a white dwarf and a  red dwarf
Alternate names: V* DP Leo, X 11146+182
Constellation: Leo
Right ascension: 11h 17m 16.00s
Declination: 17° 57′ 41.1″
Distance: 1304 light years (400 parsecs)
Planets:

  • DP Leonis b – super-Earth type (mass greater than Earth, but smaller than Uranus)
    • Mass: 6.28 ± 0.58 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 8693 Earth days (23.8 Earth years)

HD 7924

HD 7924 is the first installment in the Photon Ecstasy catalog. It is divided into three major sections, one for each of the exoplanets in the system. The sounds of HD 7924 include spoken text, original field recordings, live sound processing, and a range of instruments: trombone, benjolin modular synth, Nintendo Game Boy, and  Merlin Music Machine (a hand-held computer game from 1978 that was one of the earliest digital sequencers.)

The benjolin modular synth is designed as a chaotic circuit, so that while it can be guided, it can never be fully controlled in a predictable manner. It requires constant attention and intentional listening, especially when partnered with the trombone. Pushing beyond the expected chiptune aesthetic, we use rhythm circles to generate universal rhythmic patterns for the Nintendo Game Boy and the Merlin Music Machine.

 

 

Star typeK-Type main-sequence
Alternate names: BD+75°58, GCRV 766, Gliese 56.5, GSC04494-01396, HIP 6379, 2MASSJ01215911+7642372, PPM 4675, SAO 4386,TYC 4494-1346-1, Wo 9054
Constellation: Cassiopeia
Right ascension: 01h 21m 59.11s
Declination: 76° 42′ 37.0″
Distance: 54.8 ± 0.4 light years (16.8 ± 0.1 parsecs)
Planets:

  • HD 7924 b – super-Earth type (mass greater than Earth, but smaller than Uranus)
    • Mass: ≥8.68 ± 0.52 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 5.39792 Earth days
  • HD 7924 c – super-Earth type
    • Mass: ≥7.86 ± 0.72 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 15.299 Earth days
  • HD 7924 d – super-Earth type
    • Mass: ≥6.44 ± 0.79 Earth Mass
    • Orbital Period: 24.451 Earth days

NGC 2632


 
Star type: Open Cluster
Alternate names: Beehive Cluster, Praesepe (Latin for “manger”), M44, or Cr 189
Constellation: Cancer
Right ascension: 08h 40.4m
Declination: 19° 59′
Distance: 577 light years (177 parsecs)
Planets:

  • Pr0201b – hot Jupiter type (gas giant planet orbiting very close to its star)
  • Pr0211b – hot Jupiter type

Gadget Berry Dimple: A Glossary of False Translation

Gadget Berry Dimple: A Glossary of False Translation transforms the poetry of Hugo Ball using Oulipian games, a Benjolin synthesizer, and a vintage Merlin music machine.

Our poem appears in Circumference, a journal of poetry in translation.

The original poem:

Gadji beri bimba
gadji beri bimba glandridi laula lonni cadori
gadjama gramma berida bimbala glandri galassassa laulitalomini
gadji beri bin blassa glassala laula lonni cadorsu sassala bim
gadjama tuffm i zimzalla binban gligla wowolimai bin beri ban
o katalominai rhinozerossola hopsamen laulitalomini hoooo
gadjama rhinozerossola hopsamen
bluku terullala blaulala loooo

zimzim urullala zimzim urullala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam
elifantolim brussala bulomen brussala bulomen tromtata
velo da bang band affalo purzamai affalo purzamai lengado tor
gadjama bimbalo glandridi glassala zingtata pimpalo ögrögöööö
viola laxato viola zimbrabim viola uli paluji malooo

tuffm im zimbrabim negramai bumbalo negramai bumbalo tuffm i zim
gadjama bimbala oo beri gadjama gaga di gadjama affalo pinx
gaga di bumbalo bumbalo gadjamen
g
aga di bling blong
gaga blung


Our falsely translated version:

Gadget Berry Dimple
Gadget berry dimple; grand treaty. Louder, lonely tandoori.
Pajama gamma, buried home, timbales, grand tree. Melis-iss-sa: “Lolita longs for me.”
Gadget berry (gin blossom glossary). Louder, lonely cats or you, sad salad? Bim:
“Pajama toughen!” I, some olive, been banned. Glee club? Wow! only me (gin berry) banned.
O cat and lonely mice. [rhinoceros solo] Hans Tammen: “Lolita longs for me.” Who?
Pajama Rhinoceros. [solo: Hans Tammen]
Blue queue tarantula; blue lager low.

Chin, chin, you rule a lot. Chin, chin, you rule a lot. Chin, chin, sandwich bar. (Some olive sham!)
Elephant totem, bruised salad. Pillow men: “Bruised salad.” Pillow men: “Drum louder.”
Hell, no! Ha! Pang bland. A fellow purse of mine, a fellow purse of mine. [legato: tire]
Pajama bee’s halo. Grand treaty glossary. Zinc starter, pimp! Alone ogre grow.
Voilà: lacks a toe. Voilà: sing this hymn. Voilà: Oulipo Fallujah Morneau.

Toughen, ein sing this hymn? No, not mine. Bungalow? No, not mine. Bungalow toughen—I shim.
Pajama timbales. Oh, berry pajama. “Dada the pajama,” a fellow pins.
“Dada the bungalow, bungalow,” god of men.
Dada the bring blonde?
Dada brung!

 

 

Hyperlocal 2.0

Hyperlocal was composed by Melissa Grey and is scored for bass clarinet and sine waves that slowly ascend and descend, venturing beyond the range of human hearing. A quiet beat is audible throughout and signifies the arrival of a new frequency. Within this slowly evolving droning texture, the lowest range and darkest timbre of the bass clarinet are explored.

For version 2.0 Melissa invited David Morneau to add a layer of programmed beats.