Buried deep in his shelter on an alien world, overwhelmed with a sense of anxiety and desperation, our astronaut looks for a bright light in his memories of life on earth. As his thoughts drift towards his family and friends, he starts to see reasons for living. There's no doubt in his mind that the alien civilization has the ability to completely overtake him with their superior technology, but he can't shake the thought that maybe there's a chance. A tear rolls down his cheek as he envisions his wife and child growing older and living their lives without him. Despite his inner feelings of dread and despair, he comes to a realization that he needs to draw upon his building sense of possibility.
With a solemn and shallow bit of inspiration bubbling inside him, the astronaut realizes that his only hope lies in contact and a connection with the alien civilization. They may have a mode of transportation that could get him back to Earth; the chances of them having transport are certainly better than him building something independently. At first, he considers the possibility of sneaking into the alien compound and taking a vehicle by force. It could be a quick and easy maneuver that would take full advantage of his military background. In reality, there's not a chance of success with that idea though, which leads him to other options.
He comes to the realization that his only hope is building a peaceful connection with the aliens. It's a terrifying thought for him thought that puts him at odd with everything that he's been feeling recently. It's a difficult decision and one that weighs heavily upon him, forcing him to mull over all the possible outcomes. One the one hand, the advanced creatures could certainly defeat him in a quick and efficient manner, destroying him once and for all. There's also a chance that he could form an alliance and get home though - this seems like his best hope, so he makes his way towards the alien civilization.
As he enters the alien living area, he gets an unexpected and puzzling response. The humanoid creatures simply look at him with a sense of curiosity, but they make no attempt to communicate with him. Their yellow eyes look right through him as they turn their orange tinged faces in his direction. Unsure how to proceed, our astronaut walks to the closest alien and extends his hand as a greeting. The alien calmly takes his hand in a firm yet inviting grasp, and as our astronaut looks into the deep yellow of the alien's eyes, he feels an energy transfer into his body. The foreign entity quickly invades his whole body, filling him with a cold, technological chill. His vision becomes pixelated and his thought process changes into something completely clear and linear. He feels his personality slowly slip into the back of his mind, being overwritten with technological code. As he feels the alien technology completely take over his being, a vacant sense of calm comes over his body.
This is the fourth 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, Audiobus, MultiTrack DAW, iFretless Bass, Arpeggionome Pro, SoundPrism Pro, DM1, and Korg iPolysix.
- Progressive Science Fiction Electronica