Episode 1 June 19, 2022 Lookin in. Lookin Out. 

I’m Harris Shilakowsky, and I’m a professional violinist by training. About a year ago, while teaching strings in a public school system, inspired by listening to podcast programs like the Planetary Society,  I came up with an idea. I would write musical pieces that would represent different elements, since I’d been learning about how stellar objects were created. I figured I could write music that captured the character of each chemical element, then continue composing music that would take these musical elements and musically fuse them together in a way representing the way galaxies were created early in the history of the cosmos. I told one of my 5th grade violin students about this idea and she was excited to hear the elements brought to life, since she was just then learning about the elements in her class in science! 

As I began creating some early musical sketches, I decided I really wanted to expand the whole concept and write a piece that would tell the story of the history of our cosmos, beginning as far back as scientists have established theories…and maybe beyond that! 

This is a HUGE (magnanimous) project that I expect will take multiple years, since the universe as we know it, was created almost 14 billion years ago. 

As we listen to the music representing these historically interesting subjects, I’ll tell you a bit about the people, their lives and struggles and successes…and failures. You can tell me if you believe I’ve captured some of these. If you become a member, I’ll respond personally to your comments. 

Many of the pieces of music are excerpts from the complete works, to give you an idea of what the music sounds like. If you would like to hear the complete works and to hear as the new editions are completed and recorded, you’ll also be able to hear that and more interesting discussions about related subjects as a member or subscriber. 

In each audio podcast episode, I’ll include a 

Current events focus 

where we'll learn about late breaking news in the search for the best explanations for the mysteries of the universe. 

talk about how music is created and what it is meant to convey or represent.

Here's a transcription of the entire episode!

We're taught as musicians that music is organized sound although I'm not a scientist I'm a big fan of Science and of great scientists when I look at the Universe I see the order of cosmological things as others have before me they can then be translated into music I attempted to organize the dreams theories and discoveries of stargazers and dreamers astrophysicists astronomer astrobiologist and other scientists which they have magnanimously shared with us the citizens of this rocky planet that we our world Opus magnanimous will include musical representations of cosmological a exciting discovers from our present time including exciting new pictures from Super telescopes that enable us to travel back through cosmological time the musical pieces we'll go back through the decades of humanity to compare the experiences experiments and inventions of people throughout history how to create scientists also experienced life and culture themselves so I hope these pieces will help us feel what they feel here what they here as we share what they see and think about each week you'll hear new music that's inspired by the latest discoveries and Innovations in cosmology and Astro many of these pieces of music will be included in the final version of purpose magnanimous I listening to the episodes of the Opus magnanimous podcasts you will be seeing hearing and experiencing firsthand the composition of a grand musical creation we live in an exciting time when our Technologies are so Advanced that we see amazing things all the time what we're going to do is time travel to the year of the discovery and meet the scientists discuss their discoveries and inventions and listen to the music that's in the style of the music of their time the music you were here sometimes in the background as we discussed the cosmos and sometimes featured as a major musical character in in a cosmic play in which we are all star actors that music will also be available separately for your purchase I hope that you will subscribe and support the Opus magnanimous project you were support will enable us to finance future performances to hire professional musicians actors and singers and to continue to improve the quality of the whole experience for everyone our supporters will be the first listeners to experience new releases of complete performances and to attend events as they happen Educators music lovers and science fans I hope you all join us to produce anyway here goes this week's episode episode 1 June 19th 2022 looking in looking out   

Lookin in Lookin Out (lyrics) 

In order to look out far far into space even to look back in time which is what telescopes can do we need incredibly sophisticated technology like the new event horizon telescope collaboration developed by scientists and Telescope programs in countries all over the world from the Atacama Desert in Chile the IRA peak of Atlanta near Coronado Spain James Clerk Maxwell telescope in Mauna Kea in Hawaii the large millimeter telescope Alfonso Soriano parque Nacional Pico de Orizaba to fall con Sierra Negra Pueblo next Mexico excuse me to 7 m m a r a in Hawaii County Hawaii do you Arizona submillimeter telescope in Grand County Arizona the South Pole telescope at Edmondson Scott South Pole Station Antarctica the Greenland telescope the northern extended mm array add Plateau devour in provence of Cote d'azur in France all of these 300 different researchers from 80 institutes around-the-world collaborated to create this complete worldwide telescope they worked for five years and then they use these supercomputers to combine all of their pictures of the analyze the data that they got and they found things like great pictures of actual black holes a black hole is yeah it's an amazing thing that gas moves around the whole close to the speed of light orbiting the whole in just minutes and one of these black holes that they just we're able to picture with this amazing earth-sized telescope was 27000 light years away from our Earth it's a black hole you know it's a place in space where gravity pulls end words so much that light can't even escape from the black hole the gravity is so strong because all of them has been squeezed together into a very tiny area this can happen when a star is dying collapses in on itself anyway I'll be playing some music for you in the next episode of Opus magnanimous that I'm writing that represents a black hole of course and the just week we couldn't possibly see such amazing things without these telescopes but of course people didn't always have even the most basic types of telescope way back when in ancient times speak into the distances and looked at things in the sky at night obviously. they saw the stars and they began to think about what made the universe what it is. but people couldn't see well enough to be able to figure things out without strengthening  there are eyes somehow because you can only see little pinpricks of light with your bare eyeballs so they had to somehow increase the strength of our eyesight and gradually they developed magnifying lenses made of glass and then people were able to begin to see the true nature of the universe but before they had telescopes the people in ancient times like 5,000 years ago looked up into the sky from this place where they stood on Solid Ground they felt the Earth beneath them and they thought that the Earth beneath them was the center of the universe and the stars and the planets that they saw up in the sky they thought those were rotating around them they thought they were in the center of the universe they thought the stars were held up in the sky by some sort of and then many thought that their gods created this do modus what people call the firmament and that later on they split the Earth from this Dome that holds all the stars and everything but as our abilities to peer into the skies got better and better with our new techniques in our methods of measuring distances between stars and other Heavenly objects have developed for him or we develop more accurate ideas about the true nature of our universe so you'll see gradually as we discover more and more in future episodes that as our methods and devices that human beings have invented got more and more sophisticated our ability to Divine the nature of our universe and and its history and even perhaps we'll be able to predict some of its future as well as well as it's past we get better and better at being able to to tell what the truth about about things really is so a lot of things passed down from thousands of years ago are these stories about creation that did people made up before they had telescopes to try to explain what the nature of the universe was and these stories about creation were very prominent than some of them matched up with very similar between different cultures of the world and as some of the earliest surviving evidence that we have we have paintings or core different things that have survived that the passing of time come from the end of the third millennium and from a place called Mesopotamia and so I'd like to play you a little bit of a clip of music that I'm developing that represents in a loose kind of way the music of ancient Mesopotamia (music cue from Ancient Mesopotamia) 

 so we'll hear more music from Mesopotamia hopefully by our next episode I'll have more of that competition done that music will Segway follow-on into my own inspired by ancient Mesopotamian and Babylonian and Egyptian dematic music All We're talking about how ancient people saw the creation of the universe will also look at how are modern scientists use the latest technological telescopes and such to look back in time at what we believe of course there's the theory of the Big Bang we can talk more about that we'll listen to the music that I've written 4 the big bang and what happened afterwards I hope you're enjoying this new podcast and if you are give us that old thumbs up and of course we're always welcoming of new sponsors remember you can hear the complete pieces of music and many other excerpts and short videos of bloopers and outtakes of all kinds of fun stuff if you do subscribe bold which would be posted below the podcast two kind of vote after you've heard will wait a week or two or maybe three after a few episodes and you've been able to hear some of the different music that I've been using I'd love to hear what people feel would be the appropriate theme music for the podcast episodes subscribers will be invited to vote thank you so much for listening today I hope you enjoyed my new podcast I cannot predict exactly when the next episode will drop since this is a very new project although I've been working on the ideas for a year the physical process of creating a podcast and posting it for the public is a new project for me and so I hope you'll be patient while we figure out what kind of schedule will actually be possible for the episodes then expect the next episode to drop in about a week 

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