After days lost in contemplation, our stranded astronaut is running short on supplies and facing the grim realities of survival. Instead of staying stuck within a moat of self-pity though, our traveler embraces the challenge of staying alive in a foreign world. Using a combination of the native surroundings and salvaged technology, he builds a shelter, scopes out the area for food and water, and creates some self-defense. Upon accepting his situation and how it will potentially define the rest of his life, our astronaut gets to the point where he feels somewhat optimistic about his new world.
As the weeks wear on, the challenges of building a life on a new planet begin to wear on our astronaut. The constant newness of his environment offers consistent surprises and threats at ever turn. Unusual wildlife wanders around him, no he's never quite sure about the danger they pose. Every bite he takes runs the chance of making him sick, and at some points, he falls into that trap. More than anything, it's the loneliness that drives him crazy though, and he spends most days just wishing for someone to talk to. While he still feels his chances do survival are good, he just can't picture living like this forever.
After a couple of months, the loneliness becomes too much and he decides to leave the fairly safe confines of his shelter and look for other life. A long journey brings him to the edge of a local civilization, providing a shocking realization - he is not alone and he is in grave danger. The native people are extremely technologically advanced and very militaristic. They seem confined to their own people which does not show signs of inclusion from outer influences. The reality sets in that once he confronts them, he will undoubtedly face defeat and death.
This is the second piece in my 2013 RPM Challenge album.
I wrote and recorded this track completely on my third generation iPad using a number of apps, including Sunrizer Synth, Magellan, Stochastik Drum Machine. Animoog, Thumbjam, Drumjam, guitarism, Audiobus, MultiTrack DAW, iFretless Bass, SoundPrism Pro, Arpeggionome Pro, and Korg iPolysix.