Gravity Assist

Studio Notes

Blown away (as anyone would be I guess), I sent in a cheesy canvas print of my entry as a thank you. 😊 They didn’t have to do this but the CEO of ULA (Tory Bruno) had it put in a cabinet and sent me a “yup its here” photograph of it! Just Wow! 😯 😅

But this wasn’t enough to truly say thanks to the NASA team behind the actual technical and massively inspiring accomplishment, which is when Gravity Assist manifested from a surreal night long session on the good old PC on Renoise pushing the dinky but great little 4K synth: Clinkster Synth.

There’s a epic cheesy video for it, with real live video footage shot around the Netherlands as we drove to and from various airports- processed it all together on the iPhone 5 (a digital media challenge!) at the time I was also busy trying to reassemble the bits of my life and personality that had been shredded to pieces by genuine self neglect so getting a project to work on really helped put my energy in the right place and my feet back on the ground, which is where I’ve been these last few years

Since this was made as a thank you to those that push the technological progress ever forwards, to me it made sense to include the scene in that celebration as well, as I would not have been able to overcome self doubt and actually use the skills I developed (and still am) without the strength, will and the sheer monstrously sized sweaty balls of the demoscene dangling between our collective legs.

I miss you, I want to see you all again sometime and hope that the future brings us together again for some seriously crispy (night) bacon.

Until then, this is PE1RRR^BPQ (hi hi), m0d^3LN/RedHeat signing off.

P.S Sil/KittyPitty (Ilona-Ruby) is still the most amazing woman in my universe x X X x X x

NFO file released with Sounds of Scenesat Volume 6

The music itself fits into a 64k executable because its only 4.7k! Created in Renoise with Clinkster synthesizer and home brew synth patches. This would become my last track ever composed on a conventional PC. The iPhone itself had now become the most powerful device in my possession. RIP.

The evening of July 4th 2016 when NASA Juno arrived at Jupiter after a chilly five year journey from Earth.

Juno’s lead scientists had just announced the acquisition of signal live as we followed the broadcast from NASA headquarters online. 

Within the hour, Juno announced that it had completed a successful orbital insertion around Jupiter.

Woohoo!! Juno had arrived! 

This is the the first dedicated probe to take up temporary residence orbiting the gas giant! It’s a pretty big deal for science, have you seen how many reddit posts are made from its images? 🤣 

NASA, in a predicable public outreach effort announced an impromptu competition inviting the general public to contribute artworks to mark their accomplishment.

To cut a long story short, I had a series of happy accidents occur while fudging around with my drawing tablet whilst sat in a local airport (for the view, no travel), then all of a sudden a couple of weeks later-, holy ^%$#, first prize announced. Amongst the cool fluff with the packet was an incredible piece of space history- an actual highly collectible/valuable mission medallion! 😳 

Link to the Bandcamp page of Scenesat

Equipment used:

  • Renoise 2.6 for the underlying track “Gravity Assist”
  • Clinkster VSTi & companion binary compiler by blueberry of Loonies
  • Intel i7 860 PC at 2.8 GHz
  • Video composite in Luma Fusion iOS (See Gravity Assist)
  • Underliying Jupiter composition art on the cover art has been created from NASA Juno pictures from Perjove 4 on an iPhone 5s, this one was featured in the documentary.
  • Cover Art: Composited Juno spacecraft model by NASA, rendered in Matter iOS, iPhone 5s.

Executable Music

The runnable file is in the ZIP-archive of executable music attached below.

Due to the use of highly efficient but CPU intensive compression mechanisms, some of the demoscene tools used to make these files has been co-opted by evil virus writers. Therefore executable music downloaded frequently triggers anti-virus software.

Executable tracks take some time to pre-calculate so depending on the spec of your PC expect to wait around 3-5 minutes after launching before audio commences. Some of these will also run under Wine for Linux.

DISCLAIMER: At your own risk.


Music Video

Performed by: Redheat

Published on: The Sound of SceneSat, Vol.6

Label: Scenesat

Album UPC: 859744663527

Date: 2021-08-22 (Created in 2016, released 2021)

Year: 2016