In this final post, I'll talk about what is arguably the most difficult and time-consuming part of any music album – post-production. I had heard from others what to expect, but even so, I was surprised by how challenging this stage of the project would turn out to be. By way of background – I had decided, even before the recording session, that I would have two “cover songs” on the album, that is, two pieces that I did not write. Having one or two recognizable tunes on a debut album can be very helpful in getting people interested in...

AstroArts – September 2015 Post #3 In this post (#3 of 4) I'll talk a bit more about the logistics of setting up the recording session, and some of the technical production of making a live, on-location recording... In September 2014, Nik and I attended a housewarming party where the hostess (an artist) encouraged the guests to contribute their art, so I showed up with a quiver of my favorite flutes. After playing for a while, I re-joined the table where my husband was chatting with other guests. I mentioned having been inspired many years ago by hearing jazz flutist...

In this 2nd of 4 blog posts, I'll talk about the background preparation for the music on Under The Stars, and how I organized the recording session to cover 18 tunes in 3 hours (a fairly remarkable feat considering the “normal” studio recording time ratio is over one hour of recording time for every 3 minutes of a finished tune). I had already decided that an album recorded in an observatory dome would of course be based on astronomy-related themes. Furthermore, I was interested in the star lore of Native American tribes, and decided to use their legends and history...

I'm honored to be the AstroArtist for the month of September, 2015. In this 4-part blog, I'll talk a bit about my musical background, the inspiration behind the astronomy-based theme of my album Under The Stars, and the recording/mastering process. Recorded live on location November 2, 2014 in the 100-inch Hooker telescope dome at Mount Wilson Observatory (Pasadena, California), the album follows in the path of Paul Horn's famous 1969 album Inside The Taj Mahal. In a similar fashion, I wanted to capture a completely improvised, live musical experience that was specific to the place, the time, and the amazing...

The Galactic Visions of Michael C. Turner "Cosmic Prophecy" ©2014/2015 Michael C. Turner ~ Galactic Visions Space Art (Digitally Created) This painting depicts a cosmic scene of a spiral galaxy viewed from an unusual angle revealing the nature of its spiral arms which sweep deep into intergalactic space displaying an array of galactic treasures. Galaxies are like island universes in the greater whole of the Cosmos and are homes to myriad astronomical phenomena manifesting as stars and their system of planets, moons, and an array of lesser astronomical objects such as planetoids, asteroids, cometoids, and other exotic objects. Everything in...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.