As a commemoration of the 50 years of the Moon Landing Mission, as well as the 50th Anniversary of the University of Texas at Dallas, this interdisciplinary project explored the ways in which artistic visualization of scientific astronomical data could accompany a musical performance by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. The pieces included Josef Strauss' Music of the Spheres, Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets,
The images used for creating the videos were conceptualized and visualized by Dr. Donna Cox and her team at the Advanced Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
An overview of the process
In order to create visuals for accompanying the music, me and the team of video editors had to get familiar with the music and listen to it in different ways. Sometimes in silence, other times taking notes, discussing, or stopping to comment. We collectively documented our ideas and first impressions, and put those in conversation with the comments of the conductor of the orchestra, as well as the initial concept of the planets that the composer had for creating the music. For instance, Mars was understood as "The bringer of war", Mercury as "The Winged Messenger" and Jupiter as "The bringer of Jollity". Below are some images of the way we organized and documented our process:
Board for brainstorming: Picture by Christine Veras
Some of the final clips below: