Julien Civange and Louis Haeri «Music 2 Titan» 1997 - 2004
«Music2Titan reflects the will to embellish Earth and space with revolutionary art projects, to make people more familiar with space travel and the possible existence of life beyond the Earth� It is also a way of offering a few moments of dreaming in this difficult time in our history and to propel travel beyond conventional borders,» says Julien Civange.
When the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft completes its journey to Saturn's moon Titan in January, its probe will carry out many missions, among them, to boldly blast rock n roll music where none has been heard before. The US-European vessel, run by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian space agency, is carrying a 14 minute CD loaded with music from two little known French artists who will have the honour of having their tracks broadcast to any alien ears that may be listening.
Earthlings on the other hand will be able to bop along to the tunes on the Internet site as they follow the mission online. The French musicians, Julien Civange and Louis Haeri, got their compositions on board the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft when it was launched in 1997 after being contacted to provide a cultural aspect to the scientific endeavour.
«The ESA wanted to add artistic content to the mission, to leave some trace of humanity in the unknown and send a sign to any possible extraterrestrial populations.» ~ Julien Civange.
Designed as a film soundtrack, each track corresponds to a special step of the mission.
Lalala is built around 3 base rock chords and corresponds to the beginning of the mission, the making of the space probe in an atmosphere that is both naive and serious at the same time. The men and women of the Space Agency in lab coats and overalls are like the song Playmobiles, busy building Huygens in giant hangars. The Bald James Dean song is dramatically tense, evoking the separation of the space probes Cassini and Huygens, which will take place at Christmas before the descent of Huygens towards Titan where it will arrive on 14th January 2005. Hot Time is more space-like but also urban which corresponds to the exploration of Titan. The last tune, No Love, channels Civange's preferred sci-fi author Philip K. Dick by evoking questions about what space travel means.
The first music from Titan will be played on the alien world of the Saturian moon Titan on January 14, 2005 to commemorate the successful landing of the European Huygens spacecraft but you can hear it now as the craft is readied for departure from its "mothership" Cassini.
The European space probe Huygens is on target to reach Titan after successfully separating from its US spacecraft Cassini on December 25. It will take Huygens 20 days to reach Titan, the only moon in the solar system which has an atmosphere.