Stellar Evolution is composed for orchestra, on the subject of a star’s life. It relates to physics as the melodies and harmonies were composed by using data sheets about the Sun’s life cycle, from Selin Üstündağ and her team of astrophysicists. The music formed the music installation at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, as part of the SciArt at the Cavendish 2018 Exhibition.
More about Stellar Evolution:
Stars, the torch of our sky, have a life-cycle like living things. In astronomy, this life-cycle is called Stellar Evolution. Depending on their initial mass, every single stars make a trip between evolutionary phases. During evolution process, the absolute parameters such as the stellar temperature, radius, luminosity and chemical abundance, change. We analyse and record the changes in our data
In this project, we focus on our unique star, the Sun. We use its evolutionary phases from the past and also simulate a model for its future. We used the data from the Sun’s main phase (called main sequence, and accounts for 90% of the total stellar evolution), and its later phase (called red giant), two prominent stages in the Sun’s life-cycle.
With each period of time in the Sun’s life, a number corresponding to the Sun’s temperature was defined, based on the light given off by the Sun. Selin Üstündağ then converted this temperature value (measured in wavelengths), to sound tone frequency values within the range of human hearing. These sheets were provided to the composer, Ricky Chaggar, who then composed music using patterns and sequences found in the data sheets. The instrumentation of an full orchestra was chosen, to convey the power and grandeur of the Sun, together with the mysterious nature of the cosmos.
Music composed from data, often results in interesting, yet seemingly random passages of notes and sounds. The audience may be left with a lack of clear melody or accessible structure. Stellar Evolution differs, by presenting memorable melodies and passages and uses data as a stimuli for composing. The aim is to communicate scientific and artistic value and complexity in an accessible manner, to bring a wider audience to the astronomical subject matter and providing new music to communicate this.
Selin Üstündağ: Scientist
Ricky Chaggar: Composer
The CD HE includes 15 compositions by 12 contemporary composers, which are recorded for the first time (world premiere recordings). Eleven of these compositions are for solo flute and the other four for flute and piano. The works are performed by two world-class soloists who specialise in contemporary music. This is their second recording, following on from the award-winning release ALEPH.
The CD was recorded in November 2018. The compositions and its creators came into contact with a music-loving audience and this recording concludes the whole project, which presents aspects of contemporary music for solo flute and for flute and piano. In HE, the composers who have written music for solo flute are: Daniel Adams, Scott Brickman, David Drexler, Frederic Glesser, Hari Kanakis, Travis Rigby, José Jesus de Azevedo Souza, Jason Taurins, Filip Sande. The works for flute and piano are composed by: Ricky Chaggar, Louis Sauter, Betty R. Wishart.
Strange Case, heard in the BBC TV production The One Show. Playful and quirky score with marimba and plucked violins.
A repetitive piano led score which features in the BBC documentary series. The emphasis is on the pain, sorrow and reflection of those who suffer as a result of charity scammers. Published by Felt Production Music.
Award-winning recording artist and renowned flutist Iwona Glinka presents a recital composed of 53 pieces by 40 composers from 14 countries whose creativity is rooted in various popular trends in the 21st century. These pearls were created somewhat off the beaten track of the artistic activity of their creators, commonly associated with other forms and different instruments. Iwona Glinka decided to create a fascinating interpretation for the music lovers and she chose to record all works for two flutes by herself!
The composers of the album include: Aaron Alter, Christos Sp. Anastassiou, Evangelos Andrikos, Nikos Athanassakis, Scott Brickman, Andrzej Borzym, Aris Carastathis, Ricky Chaggar, Marcel Chyrzynski, Dorothee Eberhardt-Lutz, Stephen de Filippo, Robert Fruehwald, Stephen de Filippo, Keith R. Gambling, Alexandros Georgiadis, Alessandro Giannotti, Chris Hung, Anicia Kohler, Dimitris Kostopoulos, Martin Lennartz, Dianna Link, Dimitris Mantzirakis, Spiros Mazis, Helena Papari, Athina Pavlaki-Pirounia, Richard Pressley, Ailís Ní Ríain, Louis Sauter, José Jesus de Azevedo Souza, Stamatia Statherou, Greg A Steinke, Neil Stipp, Panagiotis Theodossiou, William P. Toutant, Michail Travlos, Dimitris Tsimpanos, Juan Carlos Vasquez, Jean-Pierre Vial, Daniele Vulpiani, Rodney Waschka, Anthony Whittaker.
Ricky Chaggar's music features in the documentary film which accompanies the feature film release of The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.