Maximum Overdrive

by Energy 2000

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"During my flight, I felt like I became an expert on clouds, and I thought back fondly to an aspect of my classical education which was the study of the writings of the prominent nineteenth century English social thinker and art critic John Ruskin. As a child, Ruskin loved to look at clouds, and one of his first publications (in 1839) was the essay “Remarks on the Present State of Meteorological Science,” a contribution to the Transactions of the Meteorological Society. Later Ruskin wrote the book Storm-Clouds of the Nineteenth-Century (1884), which described the alleged effects of industrial society as a whole on weather patterns, a text which presages the contemporary ecological-environmental concern in the twenty-first century with phenomena such as “global warming” and ozone layer depletion of the Earth’s stratosphere."

"Clouds have such beautiful patterns, I think, as I pass over to the dark side of the Earth. 'We’re moving into night,' I exclaim. It was surprising how much of the Earth’s surface was covered by clouds. The clouds can be seen very clearly on the daylight side. The different types of clouds – vertical developments, stratus clouds, and cumulus clouds – are readily distinguished … You can estimate the relative heights of the cloud layers from your knowledge of the types or from the shadows the high clouds cast on those lower down … it is quite possible to determine cloud heights from this orbital altitude … [In the desert region of the western Sahara Desert] I could plainly see dust storms. By the time I got to the east coast of Africa where I might have been able to see towns, the land was covered by clouds. The Indian Ocean was the same."


released October 22, 2015

Cover image credit: NASA/JSC/ASU
Egypt, Nile River Delta



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Energy 2000 Richmond, Virginia

Inspired by long pan reverb, tremolo, delay, vintage amplification, 1960s-era Fender Mustang guitars, obscure surf rock, warm pad synth sounds, sci-fi radio shows from the early 1950s, still images captured on 70 mm Kodak Panatomic-X fine-grained 80 ASA b/w film, moon bounces, and the incredibly rich spectrum of emotion associated with attempting to comprehend the beautiful vastness of space. ... more

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