There isn't a more apt soundtrack for what I'm currently working on - and it's not even a soundtrack at all.
One of the reasons I decided to (once more) start an attempt at a daily blog is to document my progress in (and build an audience for) a project I've been nursing for a long time. Similar to Casey Neistat, an inspiration of mine, having a daily creative outlet offers a chance to do that, while simultaneously creating a constant imperative for - in my case - writing.
I don't want to talk too much about what this project is right now - not because I'm being coy, but because it's in constant flux with many moving parts. Trust me, there'll be a time when I won't shut up about it.
But I can tell you that at the center of it are the two Voyager spacecraft. Launched in 1977, these two small hunks of metal have captured my imagination more than anything else I've ever encountered.
I've always wanted to write science-fiction that was just a small leap from reality, no matter how far in the future it'd take place. Not someone who paid much attention at science subjects in school, however, getting the research done took -and takes - much time. But the more I learn about the science that (hopefully) will underpin my fiction, the more I grow to recognize the art in it.
'Symphonies of the Planets' is a peculiar album to listen to. It's not "music" in the way one would traditionally think about music. But it is, at the very least for me, music.
It's eerie, that 's for sure.
Not sure that is because it just simply is, or because what it is: which is various data recorded by the two Voyagers - from electromagnetic field noise to charged particle interactions - turned into sound. Because there is sound and music in space, we just need to learn to hear it.
And that thought, above anything else, is what gives me chills.
The base idea for my project (which hops from one format to another, from stories told in novel(s) to poetry, comics, short stories, and whatever else will tickle my fancy as I write them) is that for humanity to evolve perspectives have to change.
We cannot become a space-faring (or space-colonizing) civilization if our thinking is stuck in the context of Earth. We cannot develop true artificial intelligence and expect it to conform to human thinking. A lot of what irks me about science-fiction can be traced back to this. (And when you can't find what you want to read, you write it.)
There's a lot of drama in that thesis, a lot of conflict-which means lots of stories to tell. And listening to silent - in a traditional sense - non-human phenomena turned into what then sufficiently passes as audible human music (and a pretty good one as well; but that also depends on your tastes. Symphonies of the Planets reminds me a lot of the EVE Online soundtrack, funnily enough. And I love that soundtrack.) is the perfect soundtrak to employ. It's a constant reminder of that very basic idea, a choice that stays politely in the background, not interfering with the story, and just simply enjoyable throughout.
Besides. What better music could I listen to as I compose poetry - in Spenserian stanza! - about (somewhat; but still) the Voyagers's Grand Tour than the very music they collected/composed while on it?
Album · 2016 · 10 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.