I'm sitting here listening to Jonn Serrie's CD, Planetary Chronicles on Miramar recordings. It's electronic, serene, spacey, and sort of hitting the spot for today. From the liner notes, it says he was composer-in-residence at Electronic Music Laboratories, Inc., a synthesizer manufacturer in Connecticut. His has composed music for planetariums around the world. He has also used his music in conjunction with Lucasfilm, Ltd. and the Hayden Planetarium in new York on an interactive children's project featuring the robots C-3PO and R2D2 from the movie Star Wars. This is music from some of those planetarium shows. The song, "Dawn Trader" was commissioned in 1983 for "winds on Distant Worlds" by the Fels, inspired by the cover of an Isaac Asimov book Robots of Dawn.
All this synthesizer music, which is sometimes lumped in with New Age music, reminds me of when I first started listening to it many years ago on the radio program, Hearts of Space. They'd play all this cool space music, and it really captured my imagination. I got to where I'd tape the programs on cassette on a Sunday evening, so I could listen to them later. I remember whenever me and my brother would go to Austin on a short holiday, we'd hit the record stores there and I'd try to find some of this stuff on album. A new record store (this was vinyl a bit before CDs) had just opened there across the river. It was called Waterloo Records back in the 80's, and it was like a breathe of fresh air. They not only had the newest rock bands on the charts, but also a big assortment of blues, New Age, punk, foreign music from Africa and other corners of the globe. It was just an amazing place to go look around in and browse for music. They were always playing something cool in there too, and I loved the open and clean way the store was designed. They are still in Austin, but have since moved to the other side of the river, a bit further north on Lamar.
Anyway, I got sidetracked on what I was going to talk about, and that is watching the Star Wars, Clone Wars cartoons last night. They were really good, and I never had sat down to watch them before, which is incredible and odd, as I am a Star Wars fan to some degree. They were drawn in a rather stylized way, but once you got used to it--it didn't detract from the story in any way. Actually the artwork really grew on me, and I enjoyed the graphic nature and color of the animation. The stories were cool too.