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Kenley Kristofferson on June 05, 2012 17:44

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A choral suite using the text of 20th-century astronomer and science popularizer, Carl Sagan.

There are three movements:

Mvt. 1 is about discovery ("Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known"),

Mvt. 2 is about beauty ("The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together).

Mvt. 3 is about space at large ("If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.")

On a personal level, Carl Sagan has taught me how beautiful science and the universe can be, and that understanding something enriches the experience, but doesn't take away from the mystery that draws us to the big questions of life. He taught me that the sciences are beautiful; the natural world is elegant; and for such small creatures as we, the vastness is bearable only through love :)

Composed by Kenley Kristofferson (http://www.kenleykristofferson.com) + (@kenley_k)
Recorded by Antiphony (http://www.antiphony.ca) + (@antiphony_)
at the Manitoba Museum (Planetarium) + (@MBMuseum)
Engineered by Jonathan Pearce
Text by Carl Sagan
Cover Image by Paul Duffield

(For another science/astronomy-related choral piece that I composed, see "We Are Stars"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIbYaYgN2Ic

22 Comments

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  • Erin Branscome
    Erin Branscome at 3.06 on August 04, 2013 07:03

    Absolutely beautiful. This song always makes me feels better. It is it stupid to say it inspires me? It does, though; I listen to it when I need motivation.

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  • Kenley Kristofferson
    Kenley Kristofferson on July 03, 2012 00:34

    @Occam's Rayzor: Thanks for listening! The files can be downloaded from my website (listed above!)

  • Kenley Kristofferson
    Kenley Kristofferson at 4.07 on July 03, 2012 00:33

    @Sam Sagan: Thank you! If you don't mind me asking, are you Samuel Democritus Sagan? If so, I would love your email address.

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  • Sam Sagan
    Sam Sagan at 4.33 on June 30, 2012 05:12

    I am transported to another world...Thank you

  • Sam Sagan
    Sam Sagan at 4.07 on June 30, 2012 05:09

    Very lovely, thank you for this...

  • Occam's Rayzor
    Occam's Rayzor on June 30, 2012 01:03

    Wonderful stuff, and a great tribute to Carl Sagan. How about offering the file for download, though?

  • ColinJagoe
    ColinJagoe on June 28, 2012 17:58

    Wonderful! This totally made my day. Sagan is one of my ultimate heroes and hearing this done this way was so amazing. Well done Kenley! And thanks!

  • room16tattoo
    room16tattoo on June 28, 2012 17:23

    Brought a smile to my face and tears to my eye's. Really enjoyed that, thank you. A fitting little tribute to the legend that is Carl Sagan. Here is my tribute to the man! http://twitpic.com/4js7hk

  • Patricia Swenson
    Patricia Swenson at 11.20 on June 28, 2012 14:46

    Stunning! Beautiful. Thank you so much for this beautiful arrangement. You are immensely talented.

  • David Sipoš
    David Sipoš on June 26, 2012 12:10

    I spent one of the most romantic moments with my girl playing this music in the background. ;)

  • Musicexplorer
    Musicexplorer on June 22, 2012 09:21

    This is absolutely beautiful. Awe inspiring.

  • paradox23
    paradox23 on June 22, 2012 05:32

    This is both incredibly ridiculous and absolutely wonderful. I love love love that this exists.

  • Kenley Kristofferson
    Kenley Kristofferson on June 17, 2012 03:22

    @piercedlip898 - Thanks!

    @ElliottRSchwab - Thank you! I agree with you, Carl Sagan natural and inspirational look at the world changed the way I see both myself and the universe. There is sheet music and I'll send a copy your way. Head to my website (www[dot]kenleykristofferson[dot]com) and shoot me a note through the contact page, then I'll email it to you!

  • ElliottRSchwab
    ElliottRSchwab on June 16, 2012 22:45

    This is really quite good! I love Carl Sagan; he had a way with words, that's for sure. Is there sheet music available in any way/shape/form? Great work!

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  • Kenley Kristofferson
    Kenley Kristofferson at 7.43 on June 05, 2012 17:46

    Movement 3 - "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

  • Kenley Kristofferson
    Kenley Kristofferson at 3.36 on June 05, 2012 17:46

    Movement 2 - "The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together."

  • Kenley Kristofferson
    Kenley Kristofferson at 0.00 on June 05, 2012 17:45

    Movement 1 - "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known..."

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