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MS Prospero, near Saturn

All the First Contact music is original composition by Stuart Barton and Jon Storm, copyright ©2016, all rights reserved.Capt Steve Barnes, MS Prospero

All the tracks were performed and produced by Stuart and Jon. Who played what varies, but the guitars and drums are mostly Stuart, and the synths are mostly Jon.

All the spoken voices in First Contact are Stuart and Jon, with Stuart as Captain Steve Barnes and Jon as Lieutenant John Stone (subtle, huh?), but judging that the world was not yet ready for their singing voices, the singing was delegated to Robert Matthews, Jenny Lesle, and Brendan Quinn. Bob provides Steve Barnes' singing voice, Jenny and Brendan are narrators.

Stuart was the founder and main songwriter of the brilliant, late lamented ANOMIE, and is now the drummer and chief organiser for the outstanding Soul Thief. Robert Matthews is also a member of Soul Thief, as lead singer and bassist.

Jon Storm has been making music with computers and synthesizers since waaaaay back, starting when most computers didn't Lt John Stone, MS Prosperoeven have a basic soundcard unless you put it in yourself, and synths were still chunky bits of hardware rather than multi-DVD software. These days he uses the excellent Ableton Live in his studio, which is based on a Windows PC and a FireWire mixing desk, the NRV10, and Omnisphere.

Stuart's studio is Apple Mac based, using Logik Audio. Which is almost completely incompatible with Jon's studio, but we got around this by exchanging MP3s, wavs and aifs via Dropbox. It worked so well that we only played together in the same room a handful of times in the whole project.

First Contact started as an idea for a jam, to christen Jon's new studio based on Live, and First Contact the track was written that night. It became the title track and a concept, kept giving us ideas, and just grew and grew. After a while, we noticed that it had grown into what used to be called a double album, and that's not counting First Contact Part Two, which is still under development. So we decided to finish off Part One and release it, and here we are.

Then we thought we would create videos for a couple of tracks, for publicity purposes. Just like the music, that idea ballooned out of control until we had created video for all the tracks as well. With a budget of zero, but we're quite pleased with the results. We borrowed bits from a lot of places, but we would particularly like to mention :

NASA and the Cassini Orbiter team, who took all the best pictures of Saturn and its rings and moons

The Electric Sheep project with their fabulous fractals, artwork by Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep

Solar System Scope

The Saturn 3D screensaver from FP Software Labs

Fraps, the excellent video and stills capture program that enabled us to capture high quality video from some of the above. We tried several and Fraps was the best by far.

Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Premiere Pro. Most of the videos were created in Premiere Elements, but occasionally its big brother helped out.




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