The Ka band

A piece that refers to the attempts of Johannes Kepler to decipher the code of interplanetary communication through mathematics and musical waves. We explore Kepler’s thoughts on his 1619 theories from his book Harmonice Mundi, to the modern day discoveries of the Kepler ship that are transmitted from sidereal space to Earth through the Ka band.
The piece is composed of five movements with different musical themes inspired and extracted from his work Harmonice Mundi written in 1619.
1 tetrahedron-fire
2 octahedron-air
3 cube-the earth
4 icosahedron-water
5 dodecahedron-cosmos or ether

The monologue dares to make us think about the relationship between mathematics and music, and how they are built to effect a mental and physical understanding in us, and to question whether the space we occupy (the Earth) is also trying to communicate with the other celestial bodies that are in the same galaxy. Astronomy and the exploration of the sky have been constant since the appearance of human beings on our planet. Thanks to great thinkers like Kepler, we have the scientific basis to advance in the creation of new technologies to be able to learn to listen to the Universe. Perhaps, we will find another kind of bands (frequencies) that until now we have not been able to receive. What would Kepler do today with the technology we have in our hands? Would the search for this information still be out there in the galaxy or would it seek here within our planet the solutions to the mystery of the invisible but very powerful vibrations …?

Created on May 12, 2011.

Voice: Shakira Benavides

Composition: Shakira Benavides and Rosalind Harvey.