- Thought is the most important matter in this type of music.
- A composer who intends to work in the field of astronomy needs to have related knowledge.
- “The kind of music we make is conceptual, and our goal is to make people contemplate about the subject."
There a lot of important concepts in philosophical and cosmic phenomena and this type of music can help you to think about them.
Black holes, a journey to the moon or a journey to Mars and any related Object to the terraincognita of celestial objects, has always been surprisingly intriguing to human. That’s why space travel has always been among the greatest dreams of mankind. For the first time in Iran, a music band has composed specialized music for the astronomical phenomena.
Interview With BijanNorouz
BijanNorouz International Music Band has opened a new window to join music with science in order o produce music works in the fields of film, social issue documentaries, philosophy, wildlife, science, astronomy, cosmos, chemistry, biology, physics, quantum, music t therapy, nature and creation.
BijanNorouz mentioned that their music style is known around the world as a combination of electronic and new-age music. He added, “Our concentration in music is on the scientific issues to contribute to popularization of science and help the interested people to learn more about astronomical phenomena.”
BijanNorouz added, “There is music which is composed specially for astronomical content of some films, phenomena, and documentaries; however, it is not concentrated just on those subjects. When the movie or series is made, the band’s job is over. Contrary to that, our band’s concentration is solely concentrated on astronomical music. We have had some goals to achieve, but, in the beginning, no musical company was willing to cooperate with us.”
Astronomy, Physic and Music
A composer who intends to work in the field of astronomy needs to have related knowledge. They not only need to be aware of science of music, but they also need astronomy and space science. In this regard, BijanNorouz explained, “Once Hans Zimmer was composing music for the “Interstellar”, he had experts of different fields by his side: from a physicist who provides some clues about the properties of a black hole, who could be helpful in composing related music, to psychologists who could be of help in sensation, color and frequency.
The whole process should be fulfilled in composing astronomical music. That’s why they tried to work based on such standards to have effective results. BijanNorouz has studied physics, audio engineering and music. He also receives help from his friend in other countries.
BijanNorouz Explained about G.R.A.V.I.T.Y Album:
The music album G.R.V.T.I.Y is published together with the film. Some parts of films were made before and some after the music production by the group. To produce the album, we took the work prints of important astronomical phenomena from space laboratories in other countries.
I have physicist friends around the world who cooperated in gathering the film sections. After planning a project and explaining the theme to it, my friends send me different films based on what I need.
Clarifying why their album is scientific, rather than just a musical style, BijanNorouz said, “The music of the G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. album is not only being composed in a scientific process, but also we consider the scientific, technological and engineering facts in producing. Therefore, there are few composers around the world who intend to produce such kind of music.
Most composers usually prefer to relegate it to the orchestral bands and symphonies. Therefore, taking the symphony from them, there will remain no particular essence in the music.
“Thought is the most important matter in this type of music”
BijanNorouz added, “The kind of music we make is conceptual, and our goal is to make people contemplate about the subject. Thought is the most important matter in this type of music.
Philosophical Concepts and NASA Films
About the G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. album, which has five tracks he said, “The track Life of the Sun in which we have used the voice of Stephen William Hawking is the first track. We sent him an email before his death and we were allowed to use his voice. Unfortunately, he passed away before the album was published. The track explains about how long the Sun will be alive and that how long we will have the sunlight. We have used NASA films in this track.
The Light of the Earth is the next track in which we have shown the light pollution of cities from outside the Earth, this is while light pollution has always been shown from inside the Earth. But the film we have used in this track belongs to the space station.
The Voice of Our Earth, the third track of this album, contains a 15-minute film. The track starts with shuttle launch from the Earth station and the sound of the wireless communication of some famous people. In the beginning, Neil Armstrong explains about the Earth phenomena and shows them. Producing such a film was easy, but the legal process of licensing was not that easy. We had to explain how the music accompanies the film. Most experts are not aware of different genres and styles of music and don’t know how astronomical music works.
The forth track is named the Northern Aurora. The Aurora phenomenon in the north of Ireland is really different from what happens in Scandinavia. The work prints of the film related to this track were taken by photographers on the ground and the films taken by satellites.
The last track of the musical album is about the nuclear explosions. The whole work prints are gathered from all the nuclear explosions. This was the only track unrelated to astronomy. We intended to show nuclear fusion as well.
As a journalist I want to say: There a lot of important concepts in philosophical and cosmic phenomena and this type of music can help you to think about them.