Comet

by Andrew Huang

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1.
word are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup they slither wildly as they make their way across the universe pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind possessing and caressing me jai guru deva om nothing's gonna change my world images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes they call me on and on across the universe thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letterbox they tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe jai guru deva om nothing's gonna change my world sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my opened ears inciting and inviting me limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns it calls me on and on across the universe jai guru deva om nothing's gonna change my world
2.
01:31
i dream of mad tag team flybys me and ziggy, freedom 50, sipping mai tais flip switches, zip figure eights, high five trick moves on slick moons, the tide’s high first at the plaza i could blast a verse like a burst of plasma a flask of real lungs spitting fire to your asthma nasa chopper doing jumps off your mazda i'm properly the captain dropping these raps like it's astronaut food sealed packets of prophecy stardust topography kill an earth emcee quick that's terminal velocity make trails with a comet ionized particles collide and i’m on it space bass, bomb it i liked saturn so i put it through the grommet now we oscillate little chirps wrought from waves always sifting through the millihertz i’m not your average listener 500 million clicks, i bring it back to the villagers high-energy and magnetic comet cosmetic in the bag, get it you couldn’t touch down, let alone set the tone i flip scripts on this rock rosetta stone
3.
04:14
well i never had a reason and i never had the freedom i think i fell for the day to day now i'm looking for a moment that feels like it’s across an ocean can’t dream to begin to feel okay push the thought out your mind you don’t need it push the real world away can’t be what they want you to be can’t see any other way to live and i don’t want to be so alone can’t see any other way to live but i have to keep on another day, another dollar another everest to conquer well is it harder to leave or stay i’ve been looking for a diamond i see it far on the horizon can’t dream to begin to make my way push the thought out your mind you don’t need it push the real world away can’t be what they want you to be can’t see any other way to live and i don’t want to be so alone can’t see any other way to live but i have to keep on can’t be okay like this i’m not okay like this i know it’s dangerous but i can’t stay like this can’t be what they want you to be can’t dream that i’d wait another day can’t talk about it and dream about it and live with out it, yeah can’t see any other way to live and i don’t want to be so alone can’t see any other way to live ‘cause i have to keep on
4.
04:03
girl, you know what i want now let it out, let it all out you take me higher, push me higher, my love you couldn’t make it any easier i think i’m always getting greedier but you hit me in the heart, hit me in the but you hit me in the heart like a meteor girl, i know what you want now we can paint the whole damned town you take me higher, push me higher, my love you couldn’t make it any easier i think i’m always getting greedier but you hit me in the heart, hit me in the but you hit me in the heart like a meteor now i’m all zoned out now i won’t come out and my head’s so loud i take everything down like your notes in class like a thirteenth glass now you slide that dress i lose my mind but i take my time, ooh yeah you treat me nice yeah i treat you right just two stars in the sky yeah we go all night now we're all messed up never down on luck and they can’t catch up when you hit me in the heart it’s like a meteor
5.
02:21
6.
tell me that you feel that the diamond of my heart wasting out beyond the last lights the evening of my scars my mind is a fallacy maladies colliding with the coldest reality you had mastery picked me up i felt like i'd never come back to gravity chased our lucky stars through galaxies started families, we had fantasies every ever after was happily then we hit the apex and the apogee i built you a palace, you banished me called you majesty, you gave me amnesty i was your canopy when the sun rained fire and you spit my love back to me callously my tragedy is my safe place this rhapsody is my gateway i embrace fate, even if it means catastrophe and you take away my breath i atrophy at your feet your psyche disappears losing touch behind a rose veil hurtling through life you move the stars, you turn my world, you do organs of succession dormant by the flame chasing synapses and meteors in your barren mind
7.
01:57
fantastic galactic autodidactic spaceman just drifting through the blackness spastic, stretch this slingshot elastic sombrero galaxy, shooting star, hat trick and if gravity’s panic is at the twin seas and a mask of the deep sleep can spin me full disclosure: i don’t have it in me but i can polymath like da vinci i bring this space bass she got into a rocketship and took off in the opposite direction from everyone 'til the fuel ran out whup nights from days braise the atmosphere slay le soleil let the black appear i’m praying for a way we could pass the fear old solar spoils that’s what happens here plunged into darkness i park this mars rover in carthage loading another cartridge let art recommence from the carnage monoliths rise from the garbage i bring this space bass
8.
i married the sea and the sky and i can't believe you were see-through i carried the wind and the tide and i can't believe you we’re see-through see-through love was never enough you wanted eternity heartbeats cut into rock an ember of you and me cursive left in the suds stone is thicker than blood love was never enough i can’t believe i married the sea and the sky and i can't believe you were see-through i carried the wind and the tide and i can't believe you we’re see-through see-through love was never enough you wanted all of me tendrils freeing the shoots of sorrow's stolen seeds washed up under the bluffs wildflowers ground and crushed love was never enough i can't believe that you believed in me now i feel i’m falling spend my days just crawling ’til i hear you calling i married the sea and the sky and i can't believe you were see-through i carried the wind and the tide and i can't believe you i can’t believe that you believed in me now i feel i’m falling spend my days just crawling ’til i hear you calling
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about

On November 11, 2014, the European Space Agency shared a recording of mysterious oscillations coming from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. These were captured by their Rosetta satellite, which after a ten-year journey reached the comet some 510,000,000 kilometres from Earth.

Coming across this recording sent my dual passions of music and outer space into a frenzy that led to the creation of this album in three weeks.

All the tracks on Comet were produced using only samples from the ESA's recording, manipulated to varying degrees. Effects common to all music producers (equalization, compression, reverb, flanging, distortion) were employed to shape the audio aesthetically, but my vocal performances are the only other source of sound added to these songs.

With some pitch shifting (a negligible amount compared to the 10,000x by which the original 40 millihertz oscillation was sped up) I was able to transform the recording into sounds resembling plucked strings, kick drums, and buzzing synthesizers. By subtracting different frequencies I was further able to produce claps, snares, and hi-hats. On some tracks I used more advanced granular synthesis techniques to shape a 1-millisecond sample into rich bass and lead lines. I detail all of my processes in this video: youtu.be/ioAYxC6iqLs

Lyrically, I did choose to deal with the cosmos a bit. “Across The Universe” might be my favorite cover I’ve ever done, and space references abound in many other tracks. But I also wrote about love, sex, motivation, music itself, and a surreal dream of racing spacecraft with David Bowie.

The songs span a patchwork of genres - pop, hip-hop, reggae, and acid house are definitively touched upon - but the limited auditory starting point also forces new forms to be created, and we come to a particular sonic palette: hollow, mellow, spacious, dark, precise.

Much gratitude and respect to the scientists whose work allowed us to hear these strange vibrations. It’s a beautiful cosmic miracle.



Due to the pronounced bass frequencies in many of the album's tracks, laptop speakers are not recommended. Please use higher quality speakers or headphones.

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released December 16, 2014

Written, recorded, and produced by Andrew Huang.
"Across the Universe" written by Lennon/McCartney.

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