no gravity (album) by the dark star

„Eine Reise in weiteste Weiten, ein Schreiten in tiefer Verlassenheit
Die Suche der Suche wegen, ohne Freude nur Traurigkeit
Doch dann ein Ton, ein Geräusch, ein Gefühl
Hoffnung keimt, wird zerstört durch Kalkül
Was bleibt ist Surfen im luftleeren Raum
Vereint mit dem Nichts in die Ewigkeit hinein.“

the songs on "no gravity" are developed with original sounds from outer space - recorded by NASA and ESA.
music by wulfmanson
poems by wulfmanson and till skywalker
backgroundpictures and paintings by wulfmanson

#1 _ communication breakdown _ (wailing of the leonids!)

„Ich entdecke das Rauschen des Meteorits
Empfinde das Whispern des Winds
Doch niemand versteht MICH
Obwohl wir doch alle Kreaturen sind“

Tracks left behind by the November 2000 Leonids shower, as detected by ESA scientists. Each time a meteor crosses the atmosphere, it leaves behind a short trail of ionised particles. This trail reflects high-frequency radio signals from stations around the world for just a few seconds. The motion of the meteor trail due to the upper atmosphere winds changes the frequency of the reflected signal (Doppler effect). You 'hear' the trail as it is blown around by the winds before it is eventually dispersed.

#2 _ rain on mars _ (marsquake!)

„Ein jämmerliches Unterfangen
Entspringt der tiefen Traurigkeit
Im Regen stehen, ums Leben bangen
Die Flucht vor unsrer Wenigkeit“

ESA's Mars Express mission being tested on a special shaker in Toulouse, France. Every space probe undergoes dramatic vibration stress during launch that could damage the delicate instruments on board. ESA needs to ensure before launch that the spacecraft is tough enough to face the adventurous trip.

#3 _ no religion in universe _ (atmospheric squeaking!)

„Ein Wort verlässt das Innenleben
Und wird zur Herrschaft über Dich
Es soll die letzte Antwort geben
Doch hier im All ist Alles Nichts“

A 'whistler' is audibly emitted in the atmosphere. Whistlers were first occasionally heard at the end of the 19th century on long-distance telephone lines. They are electromagnetic emissions produced in the atmosphere, but their cause is still partly unclear. They originate from thunderstorms or meteorites, or even after earthquakes. Once produced, the sounds travel along closed magnetic field lines from one hemisphere to the other. Studying them can yield information about the Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere up to very long distances. This one is a lightning strike recorded by Cluster (courtesy of Prof. D. Gurnett, University of Iowa).

#4 _ the restaurant at the end of the universe _ (dawn in space!)

„Wir trinken die Weiten
Verschlingen die Sterne
Alles kommt Näher
Und bleibt doch in der Ferne“

'Dawn chorus' signals detected by ESA Cluster’s WBD (Wide Band Data) instrument. High-energy electrons get trapped in the Earth’s radiation belts. When they are accelerated by the electromagnetic field, they produce this familiar sound. With the help of missions studying particles in space like the four Cluster spacecraft, ESA scientists are investigating how the electrons are accelerated and how the sound like the 'dawn chorus' of birds is created.

#5 _ the song of the sun _ (the sun, the sun, the sun ...)

„Energie und tödliches Licht
das uns erschuf und dann zerfrisst
Die Mutter erstickt ihr eigenes Kind
das Feuer wird sichtbar, die Hoffnung bleibt blind“

Low-frequency vibrations from the Sun recorded by the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft. This sound shows how the atmospheric circulation inside the Sun causes very low frequency 'sound' to be produced.

#6 _ laika _ (sputnik 2)

„Hier wart ich in Verlassenheit
Und immer mehr verschwimmt das Ich
Wird Teil der grossen Einsamkeit
Zerreisst die Sterne Mich und Dich“

Sputnik 2 was the first spaceship which brought an animal in space. The elliptical orbit had an apogee of 1770 km and an apogee of 320 km. Sputnik II circulated the Earth in 103,7 minutes. Sputnik 2 was a three-part conical satellite with a hight of 1.2m and was comprised of the following sections: - a cylindrical container for scientific equipment - a spherical container for batteries, 2 transmitters and radiotelemetry systems - a sealed cabin for the a dog named Laika Laika lived for one week and part of the downlink telemetry was her heartbeat. She died on November 10th 1957 when oxygen in her capsule was exhausted. The sound is Laikas heartbeat.

#7 _ the dark star _ (surfers delight)

„Am Anfang war Finsternis - die Finsternis war ohne Gestalt und Leer
Und ausser der Finsternis gab es noch Mich
Und Ich schwebte über der Finsternis und sah daß Ich Allein war - Es werde Licht“

lyrics taken from the movie "dark star" by john carpenter
german voices: bomb 20 by Friedrich Georg Beckhaus, Lt. Doolittle by Manfred Lehmann, computer by Hallgard Bruckhaus
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the dark star

thanx for listening

thanx to NASA and ESA for recording and publishing the original sounds
thanx to till skywalker who worked with me at the poems

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