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Projekt "X-Ray Hydra"
 

 

A binary star system in the constellation of Hydra has been emitting powerful X-rays. After travelling for 200 years, these X-rays were received by NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Wanda Diaz Merced, a blind scientist working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, used the computer program “xSonify” to convert the X- rays into a sequence of tones. Gerhard Sonnert, of the same institution, had the idea to turn these audible X-rays into music and offered it to the composer Volkmar Studtrucker.

Between 2011 to 2012, Studtrucker composed nine tunes from the sonified X-rays. The first step was to identify appropriate passages in this string of strange sounds. The second step was to integrate the passages into a musical context, to find harmonies as well as a fitting form, and to create a platform for musical processes in the styles of Jazz and classical music. The third and final step was to play and record the music in a trio with Volkmar Studtrucker (piano), Gerhard Sonnert (bass), and Hans-Peter Albrecht (drums).

Here you can listen to audio examples of these compositions and to the original passages that were the starting points for the respective compositions.

If you first listen to the original, then to the composition, and then go back to the original, your perception might be changed and you might hear the original, which at first had probably sounded like noise, as a melody.

For more information about the project, go to the website of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Links: Amazon mp3 - iTunes.com  -  YouTube-Channel


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Listen to the complete composition Bossa I  
 


In the left column you will hear excerpts from the original sequences, in the right column the appropriate section of the composition.
All tracks can also be found in our YouTube-Channel.

Track 01 - Blues
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Track 02 - Waltz
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Track 03 - Prelude
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Track 04 - Fugue
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Track 05 - Bossa I
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Track 06 - Ballad
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Track 07 - Bossa II
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Track 08 - Jazz Ballad
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Track 09 - Rock Ballad
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Track 01 - Blues


Track 02 - Waltz


Track 03 - Prelude


Track 04 - Fugue


Track 05 - Bossa I


Track 06 - Ballad


Track 07 - Bossa II


Track 08 - Jazz Ballad


Track 09 - Rock Ballad

 

 Volkmar Studtrucker

Volkmar Studtrucker

Gerhard Sonnert

Gerhard Sonnert

Hans-Peter Albrecht

Hans-Peter Albrecht

 

 

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