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Subsurface Oceans

Released: April 13, 2018

Subsurface Oceans is a continuous thirty two minute composition that narrates the memory of love and loss between Ganymede and Enceladus, which are two planets out of nine that NASA have found to have sub-surface oceans, see here. The individual planetary sections are also available for purchase via Bandcamp.

In this chapter of the story, six of the planets are included: Europa through to Pluto.

The project began by coming across the article above. I characterised each planet, associating them with aesthetics, emotions and personal experiences and then went about developing a technique to more effectively combine them all into the same sound world (as many of the planets had quite varied characters).

To do this, I decided not to compose the track in a linear fashion, but rather to group together the planets that had similar themes, and create them first as a collective (symbolically like a group of planets in orbit around each other). Once the fundamental aspects of each planet were composed, I pulled the group of planets into one master Cubase session - this time organizing each planet chronologically in which they appear in the article above - and continued to stitch and collage all the planets together.

The gear I used was predominantly a Eurorack modular synthesizer and Access Virus TI.

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