Mars Song, 2019

concert, six-channel sound composition, synth, voice
In collaboration with Constantin Engelmann. Canonic practice and Synth: Augustin Maurs. Voice: Amelie Baier.

Mars Song is composed of a fictive field recording of the planet Mars, and an interaction between a voice and a synth.

The imaginary field recording coming from the speakers reproduce a windy atmosphere. The sound is based on algorithms derived from the weather model by Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, IPSL – The Mars climate database. Throughout the wind a genderless voice, describing an imaginary stay on the planet, is elegantly distributed.

Live, a voice and a synth dialogue and interact with each other based on a canonic exercise by Augustin Maurs: the singer should reproduce three times, as accurately as she can, the sounds and pause emitted by the synth. The synth player though, plays more sounds than she could actually remember, creating this way a com- position based on human error, or imagination.

Mars is the land of dreams: we have never visited it, seen it or heard its sound, nevertheless throughout centuries and cultures the planet has inspired countless ideas of parallel realities; even if it has been discovered through telescopes, satellites and machines it still foster the imagination of many, also during this apocalyptic and anthropocenic times. In 2018 the InSight rover from nasa shortly after being landed on the planet, sent us the first recording of the martian wind. This was the first audible record of the planet that we ever received. This recording has been regarded as inspiration for the sounds.