Elements 118: Oganesson
Elements 118 Oganesson is the last in the Periodic Table, completing its structure with 7 full layers of electron shells. As an element, Oganesson fits in the group of the so-called “noble gases” but is predicted to be a solid at room temperature. Predicted, because only a handful of atoms have been made of this highly unstable element: literally only 5 (possibly 6) atoms of it have been detected. All the elements heavier than 83 Bismuth are unstable and therefore radioactive, decaying into lighter elements. The heavier the elements are, the higher their atomic number, and on the whole the faster they radioactively decay.
Oganesson is thus an artificially made radioactive solid noble gas and has the heaviest of all atoms known. It is named after the brilliant Russian-Armenian nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian (*1933), who contributed to the creation and discoveries of most of the heaviest elements.
Such a largely unknown element is however interesting as a topic for creating music; for one it leaves a freer hand to creation and association, and next there are things known about it, especially its predicted behaviour, yielding an interesting contradictory nature of this specific element (a solid and likely reactive noble gas!?).
The music of Oganesson was created by mixing layers of self-generative modular patches: van Dillen designed and built the very instruments on which this music has been performed. In the image below the main layer modular instrument, including its reconstructed Arp 2500 parts, can be seen:
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