Wednesday, 9 March 2011

SIRIUS

Title: Sirius
Format: Both a CDr and cassette pressing is available through Depressive Illusions (Ukraine), released in 2010, cat ref cut151 (CDr) and cut160 (tape). The CDr pressing comes with black and white artwork in a slimline case. The cassette version is numbered, and has alternate artwork on a glossy photo-card inlay.
Edition: CDr presumed unlimited, cassette limited to 500 hand-numbered copies

Track Listing:

01. Sirius 17.35

Further voyages into the cosmic abyss within this 2010 demo from Saturn Form Essence, our destination the dog-star Sirius in the constellation of Canis Major (right ascension: 06h 45m 08.9173s; declination: −16° 42′ 58.017").

Sirius is a binary star system consisting of two white stars orbiting each other with a separation of about 20 astronomical units (3.0×109 km; 1.9×109 mi) (roughly the distance between the Sun and Uranus) and a period of 49.9 years. The brighter component, termed Sirius A, is a main sequence star of spectral type A1V, with an estimated surface temperature of 9,940 K. Its companion, Sirius B, is a star that has already evolved off the main sequence and become a white dwarf. Currently 10,000 times less luminous in the visual spectrum, Sirius B was once the more massive of the two. The age of the system has been estimated at around 230 million years.

The single track on this demo is somewhat shorter than 230 million years in duration, clocking in at a relatively modest 17 minutes and change. The recording fits neatly into the sub-genre of 'space-ambient-drone' in as far as it combines elements of both dark ambient and isolationist ambient music to create vast sonic spaces with ominous, bottom-heavy sounds (such as deep drones) whilst combining them with simple sonic textures to evoke a sense of continuum of spatial imagery and emotion, unresolved unease and desolation.

Sirius is prevalent in cultural writings across the globe and throughout time, one of the better known being its inclusion in verse in Homer's Iliad where it is referred to in Achilles' journey to Troy:

"Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky

On summer nights, star of stars, Orion's Dog they call it, brightest

Of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat

And fevers to suffering humanity"

Fans of this project might expect to see later reissues of this demo coming with free samples of alcohol and livestock - the Romans celebrated the helical setting of Sirius around April 25, sacrificing a dog, along with incense, wine, and a sheep, to the goddess Robigo so that the star's emanations would not cause wheat rust on wheat crops that year!

Brazilian readers of Voyages Along The Plutonium Path may also be aware that Sirius is one of the 27 stars on the flag of Brazil, where it represents the state of Mato Grosso.

A fine recording, and worthy of a home in your collection of SFE material.

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