The Ka-band

A piece referring to Johannes Kepler' s attempts to crack the code of interplanetary communication through mathematics and musical waves. We explore Kepler's thoughts towards his 1619 theories from his book Harmonice Mundi, to the present day discoveries of the Kepler spacecraft that are transmitted from outer space to Earth via Ka-band. The piece is composed of five movements with different musical themes inspired by and taken 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 these are constructed to effect mental and physical understanding in us, and to make us question whether the space we occupy (the Earth) is also trying to communicate with the other celestial bodies in the same galaxy. Astronomy and the exploration of the sky have been constant since humans first appeared on our planet. Thanks to great thinkers like Kepler, we have the scientific basis to advance the creation of new technologies to learn how to listen to the Universe. Perhaps, we will find other kinds of bands (frequencies) that we have not been able to receive so far. What would Kepler do today with the technology we have in our hands: would he continue the search for this information out there in the galaxy or would he search here on our planet for solutions to the mystery of the invisible but very powerful vibrations...?

Established on 12 May 2011.

Voice: Shak Benavides

Composición: Shak Benavides y Rosalind Harvey.