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Of Sound Before the Stars

by Jeff Talman

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ppccooll A unique piece from a unique artist: I wish I could have attended the performance at Mt Wilson!
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Los Angeles Times Selection: Best Classical Music of 2019

"...music of otherworldly wonder is made as if for an ancient temple housing a religious icon. Harmonics blossomed from deep fundamentals as if stars from the divine hum that made the heavens."
Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

'Of Sound Before the Stars,' an electronic sound composition of symphonic scale, was created solely from +13 billion-year-old sound data of the primeval Universe in a time before the first stars formed. The sounds bristle with an ancient alien harmonic system adapted for use in the composition.

Doppler shifts transformed the original light waves into the microwaves we read today. Embedded in the ubiquitous cosmic microwave background, this ancient sonic data made possible the reproduction of these primal cosmic sounds.

The Doppler shifts are represented in the composition as arching glissandos that glide from frequency to frequency as they take part in the virtual sonic choreography of the work.

This recording is a binaural stereo version of the original 7.2 installation sound. Includes program booklet. Available in 48 kHz, 24-bit sound and other formats.


released December 4, 2020

Jeff Talman, New York — Artist, Composer-Producer

Dr. Mark Whittle, University of Virginia — project source sound: modeled, scaled sound derived from early Universe sonic data embedded in the cosmic microwave background

Installation premiere — 100-inch-mirrored Hooker telescope dome, Mt. Wilson Observatory, San Gabriel Mountains, California, July 19, 2019

Cover image: spectrogram, featuring a harmonic glissando of cosmic sounds in the composition., by JT


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Jeff Talman New York, New York

Jeff Talman, pioneer of resonant composition, is known for the unique timbres, spatial gesture, harmony, expression and symphonic form in his work. His over 40 sound installations have led to an LA Times Selection for Best Classical Music of 2019. Before the installations, he first made electronic music as a teen in 1974, then studied composition and directed orchestras at Columbia University. ... more

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