When Astronauts Dream

About This Sound Collage

This sound collage album was originally released in December of 2010 and January of 2011 as two different pieces, Time Minus One: A Space Odyssey Mix – released on December 29, 2010, and The Esperanto Group – X Minus One Mix released on January 23, 2011.

Now they’ve been combined to create the 6th album by UFOverdriver… Enjoy!

Listen To This Sound Collage

Track Listing

PART I– Pre-Launch

1. The Esperanto Group – X Minus One (11:30)

PART II – The Launch

2. T Minus 20 Seconds And Counting (1:22)

3. This Time Must Be Different (4:20)

4. Dreams From The Promise Of 2008 (3:54)

PART III – The Space Odyssey

5. Please Stop / I Saw A Bright Star Falling (1:21)

6. Alan Watts Explains The Ceramic Model (6:22)

7. Do You Read Me H.A.L. ? (2:24)

8. I Feel Much Better Now, I Really Do… (3:00)

9. The Space Time Discontinuum (6:01)

10. The Creation Of Evolution: A Space Odyssey (4:08)

PART I– Pre-Launch

 My thoughts while creating this first sound collage involved the idea of leaving planet earth on an endless journey and all the new ways of living a person would have to adjust to… it would be like learning a new language for me.

What Is Esperanto?

Esperanto is the International Language invented in 1887 for the purpose for promoting World Peace through better communication.

Esperanto is an invented language and is not based on any particular nation or tribe’s native language. Thus it is considered a neutral language for International dialogue.

PART II – The Launch

Our journey continues with a three track group of collages composed of original recorded material by UFOverdriver mixed alongside a loop from the classic Sheep by Pink Floyd, which is joined in track three with a loop from Aztec Camera’s version of Jump.

Overlaid on the tracks are recordings from various Apollo missions, a speech by Sen. Barack Obama on the campaign trail, short clips from Wall Street and Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and other stuff…

The overall direction of The Launch is to reflect on the promises that were presented to us, the voters, by Senator Barack Obama while on the campaign trail in early 2008.

PART III – The Space Odyssey

The next 6 tracks were constructed using the audio from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I downloaded from YouTube in thirteen parts of approximately ten and a half minutes each.

I took the audio from selected parts (tracks 5 through 8 used parts 12, 11 , 9, 13, and 1 – while tracks 8 through 10 used parts 10, 5, 6, 8, and 7 – see graphic below) and stacked them in layers in my mixer. Then I played around with the volume of the various layers while applying various effects to create “chance” loops of sounds.

Graphic Below: The “mix view” from Adobe Audition 3, the program I use to create my sound collages. The area displayed shows the two “stacks” of 2001: A Space Odyssey audio clips, with the volume control levels for each clip.

Included in The Space Odyssey is several extensive sound clips from philosopher Alan Watts. I offer no opinion at this point on Alan Watts ideas and concepts, I just liked the sound of his voice and the pacing of his speech. You can find out more about Alan Watts here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts.

Part III – The Space Odyssey is deliberately and delightfully trippy – for best results try listening to this mix with headphones on…

Download This Album

Either visit our BandCamp site and download it in a number of different high-quality audio formats (limited quantities available), or click the link below, and download all seven tracks of high-quality MP3s, complete with album art in a zip file (109 MB) – ready to drop in your iTunes (or whatever MP3 music player you use) and enjoy – instant gratification.

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