Part 1: Pale Blue Dot
At the onset, humankind looks inward and considers our planet the entirety of existence. We are unaware of how alone our Earth truly is as it moves through the heavens.
This piece was written in response to the hauntingly beautiful image of our planet taken by Voyager 1 at the request of Dr. Sagan. The sparse arrangement reflects the loneliness of our planet against the vastness of space; the repetition the slow progression of time.
Play: Pale Blue Dot (mp3; 11 Mb)
Part 2: "100 AU"
As a species, we begin to realize we may not be alone. We are capable of sending messages outward into the universe, through our transmissions and our space probes. What message do we send? How do we say hello? Is there anyone to answer?
Dr. Sagan's work on the record of greetings from Earth inspired this piece. It starts with an imagining of crossing the termination shock; evocative of the "Symphonies of the Planets" musical series that incorporated Voyager telemetry as a basis for its sounds.
The samples used are from the actual NASA recordings:
Play "100 AU" (mp3; 9 Mb)
Part 3: "Dawn on the Shore...."
"Dawn on the shore" refers to the scientific process through which we emerge from our ignorance to illuminate and explore the universe. The dawn can also be seen as finally realizing our place in the cosmos, both physically and psychologically. Kepler's search for other worlds is such an awakening that extends our horizons, opens our minds and enlightens our spirits.
Play Dawn on the Shore... (mp3; 10 Mb)
This piece was inspired by a quote from Sagan's Cosmos TV series, and also refers to the theme of his book: "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark."
All three parts combined:
The Shore of the Cosmic Ocean (mp3; 28 Mb)