Elements55: Caesium is the twenty-fourth album in this series of music on the Elements, a very large work in progress consisting of electronically/digitally created architectural music compositions by Oscar van Dillen.
The cover art in the Elements series consists of color inverted pencil drawings made by the composer.
A word of warning: after careful listening, the world around you may not sound the same any longer.
The work on this album was created, composed, recorded, and produced August-September 2023. All works, cover art and booklet of this album were created by Oscar van Dillen.
Caesium is generally used for its physical rather than its chemical uniqueness. Based on the resonating capacities of this element atomic clocks have been created with insane precision: they have on average a deviation of 1 second over a period of 100 million years. Such precision is of course needed for other applications than for a possible future archeology. Many such clocks are used to calculate UTC time, today’s global clock.
Haunting pulsations are the basis of the music of Caesium. A long and extremely slow crescendo begins the music, and in mirror fashion, a long and slow diminuendo al niente ends it. The sounds used have been created using a semi modular synthesis, involving a virtual modeling.
Virtual sound modeling uses models that imitate real life objects, such as strings from different materials and bodies from wood or metal for resonance, giving mesmerizing sounds the listener might somehow seem to recognize in part, as they remind of actual objects’ sounds in real life.
All sounds were generated using a granular source, which was processed by a virtual body and resonator. The hypnotizing sounds of these modular patches were then each post processed differently, with more modular patches applied to each of the many layers.
Whereas music normally sounds against a background of time, this music suggests sounds on the inside of time itself…
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