Solar System

This is an album in two parts. First part is Solar System. Ten songs, let’s see if you can figure out the connection? 😉

Oh, yeah, right. I need to mention. I’ve set a limitation on myself. For this part of Solar System – no drums allowed! 🙂 Awesome! Challenging! Let’s go!

  1. Sun
  2. Mercury
  3. Venus
  4. Earth
  5. Mars
  6. Jupiter
  7. Saturn
  8. Uranus
  9. Neptune
  10. Pluto and Charon

And as usual, an about section.

Sun – center of our Solar System, natural starting point (for me at least). I figure this is a still place, but intense. Life giving and devastation at the same time. Mysterious.

Mercury – with a sun orbit of almost 88 days, the song is composed in 88 BPM. Intense, yet slow.

Venus – With an orbit of 224 earth-days, I figured the tempo should be reflecting that, but 224 BPM is far to fast for my taste, so I settled for half, 112 BPM. BUT – oh, this time I love that there is a but! – the duration of the song could be 2:24! 🙂 Another fun fact about Venus is that one day is longer than a year, so I figured that the Venus song would have very little variation, yet over flooded with the energy from the sun. Yeah, almost forgot, it spins in the “other direction” compared to the other planets, so I wanted something in this a little “off”… which the arpeggiated synth represents…

Earth – We thing (my opinion) that we are the foundation of everything. Yet (again my opinion) we seem to follow our own footsteps and be our own echo, sometimes even stronger than the original signal. We could be so much more. But we are where we are, as we are.

Mars – A red, seemingly dead planet, spinning around its own axial tilt. Periodically. Repeating. Same thing over and over. Yup. That’s it.

Jupiter – next up, the giant! Big planet requires big sounds. Majestic sounds.

Saturn – I imagine Saturn as a peaceful planet, yet a little dissonance here and there.

Uranus – the name, I do not even wanna go there, thus, I say nothing. Then nothing is said.

Neptune – Something is said about Neptune, blue. Mathematical perfection. Or was it prediction? Blue and predictable. Hmm… what could I possibly make out of that? Well, a tune called Neptune.

Pluto and Charon – What about the last planet, Pluto? Well, when I grew up, it was known as the last planet in our solar system. Then, for a period of time, it lost its status as planet. And later, it got reinstated as a planet, but as a dwarf planet. Now, when checking it out, I found some who claims it to be a binary planet along with Charon. Whether this is true or not, I do not know, but it sparked my imagination, so on this album, I keep Pluto and Charon as a binary system, with the center of gravitation (or center in the stereo picture) as the bass. While everything else circulates around the center of gravity. Like the binary planets Pluto and Charon.

Check out the second part of this album.