Young People’s Guide to Astronomy

This New Sounds program, “The Young People’s Guide to Astronomy,” features works that take astronomical phenomena and translate them into music. Hear Elodie Lauten’s Variations on the Orange Cycle, an experience of time, with the earth’s 24 hour rotation cycle as a point of departure. Venture further out with music by Neil Ardley, based on the idea of the “Harmony of the Spheres,” the celestial music that the ancient Greeks believed was given out by the planets as they float through space. Ardley realized this notion by converting the orbit times of our solar system’s nine planets into musical notes, whose upper and lower limits correspond to the range of human hearing, and composing music with these frequencies. Plus, hear Terry Riley’s “Sun Rings,” drawing on sounds directly from our solar system collected by NASA, like the crackling of solar winds, the whistling of deep-space lightning, and other cosmic phenomena.

PROGRAM #2298 The Young Person's Guide To Astronomy (Mon. 6-21-04)





Dr. Fiorella Terenzi

Music from the Galaxies

Sidereal Breath, excerpt [2:00]

Island #422-848768-2 For recordings and info, go to

Neil Ardley

Harmony of the Spheres

Soft Stillness and the Night [7:30]

Decca #133 1978 release, May be available as a Japanese import. Try*

Robert Keefe

Mysterium Cosmographicum

On the Death of Johannes Kepler, excerpt [8:00]

Private tape. From Ithaca College Electronic Music Studio. More info about the program at

Lois Svard

Other Places

Elodie Lauten:Variations on the Orange Cycle, Phase I [5:30]

Lovely Music #3052***

Desde El Otro Lado

Electroacoustic Music from Latin America

Alejandro Jose: Todo Es Uno [7:00]

O.O. Discs #45. Try contacting , but the CD no longer appears to be in their catalogue

Kronos Quartet

Live, Zankel Hall, NY 11/16/03

Terry Riley: Sun Rings, excerpt [7:00]

Not yet commercially available.

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