Stephen Dubois | Our Invisible Universe

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Our Invisible Universe

by Stephen Dubois

A sonic exploration of light and energy.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. The Rose Is Red
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2. Titles
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3. The Nature of Light
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4. Beyond Visible
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5. Signals
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6. Ultraviolet
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7. X-Rays
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8. Gamma Rays
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9. Putting It All Together
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10. Dark Matter
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11. Dark Energy
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12. Fate of the Universe
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13. Conclusion
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14. Bonus Track 1: Stargazing Music
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15. Bonus Track 2: Underneath the Stars
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the Spring of 2012, the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium, in Buffalo, NY presented an original program about the invisible frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum, dark matter and dark energy. I wanted the music soundtrack to match the wavelengths of light discussed with an appropriate sound. Longer waves ( like Radio, Microwave and Infrared ) were represented with sustained, ethereal and breathy notes while the high frequency UV, X-Rays and Gamma Rays had abundant sequencing and arpeggios. Visible light was conveyed through the use of acoustic piano in order to sound natural like the things we see every day. Creating the "sound" of dark matter and dark energy was another story altogether. The music had to capture the unexplained and the mysterious: an intangible feeling of isolation as well as being overwhelmed and consumed. 'Our Invisible Universe' attempts to musically bring into view that which is unseen by human eyes. The album cover is a grid representation of 100 squares where only 4 are filled with images. This represents the 4% of the universe that can be "seen" by various telescopic equipment whereas the rest is the 96% of dark matter and dark energy. The physical CD has a two-tone effect with standard black and a richer black tone to divide the spaces. Since this did not translate well on screen, the squares are pictured a little lighter.


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Lester Vanguard

Each track has its own singular brilliance
"The Rose is Red"
A prelude of anticipating the fulfillment of love. A recognition of the infinite: positioning your mind on the fleeting edge of the omnipresent moment, always on the verge of beginning again. For beauty we wait, but not in vain. For the vein of love is never dead, and the rose, even when wilted, is a beautiful red.

"The Nature of Light"
We are light in passing, and our spirit is breath. What can we say other than we are the light from which the world is made. This is beautiful, that we are hearing the light giving birth to our life. The synthesized textures are the sounds that light might make, essentially evocative, transparent, bold. Creation has begun, is always beginning, and will always be.

"Beyond Visible"
We are no strangers to the dark. Beyond what's visible, the deep truth about us is rooted in light's antithesis. Yet this is not fearful, this is not sad. This is the sound of enemies storming the gates, only to realize that a wedding was planned. A marriage of the truth and the darkness, the candles snuffed out and the sound of a church on Sunday, massive and glorious.

"Signals"
If the extraterrestrials are listening for radio waves from millions of light years away, this is the song that would give them empathy for our kind. We come in peace, and we brought a dance party.

"Ultraviolet"
Non-visible light translated into radiating flecks of sound, echoes of "Give Peace a Chance," John Lennon's mass converted into ultraviolet energy, and the clandestine voices from the Sun's burning core.

"X-Rays"
This is pure and constant movement, and the sound of light's river passing through our spirit, our spirit passing through us in time. The clock and the metronome, bells all singing the arrow of time towards it's never-ending climax. These notes are beautifully chosen, they ring in your ears as a reminder of half-forgotten dreams and the resurrection of hope in each new day.

"Gamma Rays"
High frequency and massive energy come through like distant gamma ray skies. Yet something strange and ominous lurks behind the melody, pulsars and quasars singing in a counter-melodious mayhem. This song speaks of the unknown and the incomprehensible void, the baffling mysteries beyond the scope of human understanding...and our amazement is only the beginning.

"Putting it All Together"
Is there an intelligence that writes the fate of cosmological destiny, or can we only believe in the faith that we ourselves created? This song answers with a benevolent force, governing over the massive complexity in our universe with a subtle and instructive design that shapes everything...our past, our future, our present place in the many-layered, cosmic composition.

"Dark Matter"
Wordsworth once wrote "move along these shades in gentleness of heart; with gentle hand touch — for there is a spirit in the woods." The spirit of "Dark Matter" that moves along the vast forest of the universe is more massive than anything else known in our minds. We must tread softly, for we are only small afterthoughts of the darkness that surrounds our world of light.

"Dark Energy"
This song simulates the slow urgency of dark energy, the hypothetical forces that propel the expansion of our universe. Ominous undertones presage an inevitable remote loneliness when our solar system is no longer held together by gravity, and the stars, in a manner of speaking, fall whimpering from the sky.

"Fate of the Universe"
Perhaps there is another universe where there is a film being shown of the birth, life, and death of our universe. Violence, passion, serenity, carnage, beauty, frenzy, exhaustion, nothingness--everything is there...and this is the song playing in the background.