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Innovation Music

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Ben Smith

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Innovation Music
Event Horizon E.P.
Ben Smith

History in this field
Initial Inspiration
Song Inspiration
Extra Inspirational Resources
100,000 stars
The Magic of Reality
Richard Dawkins
A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawkins
Channel 4:
Stargazing Live
Ludovico Einaudi
Composer: Steve Price
Ancient & Tribal Civilizations
No knowledge of astronomy.
Moon, sun and stars seen as gods.
Music written to praise or please their 'gods'.
Graphic Scores
John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff.
Music created from colours, shapes and signs.
Technically no false way of interpretation ... it is the artists' feelings from the piece.
Ziggy Stardust, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd.
Have written music based astronomy, space travel.
Use imagery to connect to their music.
Theremin, classical music and electronic music.
Composers own idea of how space could be represented.
Planetariums and Observatories
Custom music written for their shows.
Specialised artists, such a 'Geodesium'.
Space rock, electronic, Classical.
The Project
E.P. - Event Horizon.
7 songs - range from 59 secs to 4 min 36 secs.
Whole E.P approximitly 21 mins long.
Mainly piano peices, to let the melodies and harmonies portray emotion.
Also includes electronic, orchestral and sampled elements.
Hubble telescope pictures and professional photography of space as inspiration for each piece.
Music relates to picture i.e. colour, shapes, time.
59 Secs/120 bpm/ C Minor.
Intensity of the song resembles the dark reds, oranges and purples.
Building up of instruments and melodies represent the expanding of the nebula (in the pic) and the universe as a whole.
4:36/110 bpm/ C# Minor.
Softer piece, representative of the light pinks and purples
Very melodic, uses arpeggios, chords, lead melodies and octave to represent the numerous stars.
Creates a uplifting feeling to represent us being part of something much larger than ourselves and our small planet.
3:42/80 bpm/ G# Major.
Very simple and lightly played, to represent the simplicity of the picture.
space within the song represents how wide and open space is.
The calm, relaxing mood to the piece is replective of made me feel whilst writing.
1:23/105 bpm/ A# Major.
Time lapse photo of the stars.
The repetiton of the arpeggios and the continuous synth note in this piece represents the cycle of the star moving in full circle.
The rising and lowering of volume represents the stars becoming visible in the night and not in the day.
Rosetta Nebula
4:36/125 bpm/D Minor.
The clash of the very low chords and high notes in the begining represents the clash of colours in this picture.
There are also seemingly sad and uplifiting parts, to again represent the colours, sad being the blues, uplifitng being the reds.
Sampled audio from the first moon landing is also used to represent space in a different way from the piano and electronic elements.
Black Hole
4:05/110 bpm/D Minor.
The reverse effect used on piano represents the effect of being sucked into a black hole.
Delay is used on the reversed piano to symbolise the idea of being able to see the past, present and future at once (when at the event horizon) ... These both being based on time.
2:10/120 bpm
The disaonant sounding and out of time piano represents how little we still know about the universe.
The electronic and droning sounds accompanying that piano are there to pay respect to and aknowledge the older style of sound and music to represent space (in tv, film and radio).
Some interesting and complex pieces written (from a non piano player).
Has a well thought out and meaningful concept.
Innotavive, but still easy to listen to, as well as structured songs. Therefore a product that can be sold and listened to later on. E.P will be sold on bandcamp along with pics & promoted through social networking)
Helps advance my career in songwriting, as I have taken on a project outside of my usual famililarity.
Helps advance my career in teaching, as I have now experienced a new style that can be passed on in my teaching.
Written for an instrument i am not familiar with. Therefore cannot be performed, until I advance on piano.
Recorded through Logics MIDI instruments, so does not have the most realistic piano sound.
Visually may have looked better with video footage of space. But then again the quality of pictures from space are better than video. Plus a lot of music is written for video of space, therefore this is more innotavive.
Potentially may be usng copyrighted material, from the samples of NASAs moon landing.
A specialist area of music, therefore a smaller market of music, than general pop.
May not be as effecitive if listened to without the visuals.
Writing & Recording Process
Around 20 pictures gathered first, of which music was written for all. The best were picked for the album.
Pictures were enlarged on an iPad to the side of my computer, so as to view the images whilst writing the music.
Songs were written in no particular order. When inspiration struck I just kept at it till I hit a brick wall, then tried another song.
Notes were all input through the piano roll. This took along time to sort velocities and note length.
The same piano sound was used throughout and similar E.Q settings, to keep the same sound running. Different effects and reverbs were used though, to help represent the moods of each picture.

Due to not normally writting piano music, time had to be spent learning how modern piano composers structure their pieces and how they use large amounts of repetition effectively.
Any Further
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). [Film] Directed by Stanley Kubrick. UK/USA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Dawkins, R (2012). The Magic Of Reality: How We Really Know Whats True. London: Black Swan. p161-199.

Gravity (2013). [Film] Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. UK: Heyday Films.

Google Data Arts Team (2012). 100,00 Stars. [Online] Available at: <http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/stars/> [Accessed 6th March 2014]

Ludovico Einaudi (2011). Islands. [CD]. London: Decca Records.

Stargazing Live (2014). [TV Programme] BBC, BBC2, 9 January 2014 21:00.

Stephen Hawkin (2011). A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes. London: Bantam. p1-201.

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951). [Film] Directed by Robert Wise. USA: 20th Century Fox

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