Part of the project series
“The International Year of Astronomy at the Hum Gym”
• Class: 1D (new language specialization with focus on music)
• School year: 2008/2009
• Project management: Prof. Brigitte Lintner
• Subjects involved: geography, choral singing, computer science, mathematics, instrumental lessons
Calculate the solar system music: For each day of the selected time unit, the right ascension of all planets, the sun and the moon (Earth reference point) determined (www.ephemeriden.com); with the help of an Excel spreadsheet (Hours, minutes, seconds) converted into an angle (unit degrees). The calculations are done with a spreadsheet program; the students learn thereby working with tables and creating simple formulas.
A Power Point is created
Furthermore, the differences in angle of all 36 possible combinations are calculated. The angles 0 °, 36 °, 60 °, 90 °, 120 °, 144 °, 160 °, 180 ° and their opposite angles are assigned the following tones: cis, dis, e, fis, gis, ais, h cis ’’
For each day (= 1 beat) there is either a pause (if no appropriate angle is determined) or one or more tones.
5 pieces are calculated (5 groups)
The pieces of music are recorded: Guitars piano Flutes Strings + piano Brass + percussion The groups give their piece a suitable title. The orchestral piece is recorded 16 different instruments.
A power point is created In German, students write spontaneous comments and later reports immediately after the recordings.
Astronomy Day on June 11, 2009 Foyer: Presentation of the PowerPoint “Solar System Music”
Grade: “Very good” for everyone! from Planet-musik.de :)
Thanks to everyone involved, you are the first to implement such a project together in a school! Prof. Novak, Prof. Waldner, Prof. Dalvai, Prof. Malsiner, Prof. Lintner, Prof. Weiss Silke
and all students!
A performance session in April 2020 happened in Munich. The year was about 5 ft. 3 inches of paper tape, punched and held by hand and played. All picked with our own hands and held together for some extraordinary piece of music and art. Some pictures, music and videos below.
Planeten-musik 21.03.2003 – 19.03.2004 Original Tempo
Planeten-musik 21.03.2003 – 19.03.2004 doppelte Geschwindigkeit mit Hall