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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-16-2008 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
American composer and musician Anne Cabrera has released Columbia: Dare To Dream, an album of original synthesizer music as a tribute to the STS-107 crew.

When NASA space shuttle Columbia STS-107 was lost on reentry in February of 2003, composer and performer Anne Cabrera felt immediately compelled to pay tribute to the shuttle's crew in the most heartfelt way that she knew: through music.

Through this audio CD, Anne both mourns and celebrates those lost astronauts. Her celebration extends to the countless individuals who spend their days and nights working to turn the dreams of space exploration and humanitarian science into realities; and also to those supportive NASA families who, despite their understandable fears, continue to stand behind their astronauts.

This album presents more than one hour of music. Accented with images from NASA's archives, the included full-color 24-page booklet is filled with both poetry and prose written by Anne to lend some insight into each of these instrumental pieces. All tracks were composed by Anne, and all parts were performed by her on synthesizer: sometimes emulating traditional orchestral instruments, and at other times producing those unusual electronic sounds and textures more commonly associated with the synthesizer.

Though the album follows the highs and (sadly and unavoidably) the lows of the Columbia mission, its larger aim is to revere the depth of the human spirit, and the willingness of some to risk all for the chance to bring benefit to the rest of us.

Excerpts from several of the album's seven tracks can be previewed online: Columbia: Dare To Dream is available now on CD through Amazon.com and soon as digital downloads through online distributors.

If the name of the composer/musician sounds familiar, it is because Anne is also a member of collectSPACE (username: blue_eyes).

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posted 07-16-2008 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The previews are playing as I write this. Microgravity is my fav. It reminds me of Tangerine Dreams of the best years (the record Rubycon, see here).

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posted 07-22-2008 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, thank you again for announcing my Columbia music tribute in such a beautiful way! And Francois and others, thank you for your interest and kind compliments as well. You are all appreciated, and I hope some of the music will be meaningful to you.

Just to let you know, digital downloads are now available! Just click on the Columbia link in Robert's post to go to my website, and look for the CD Baby link. Also, for you overseas music-lovers, CD Baby ships globally! So if you really want to add an unusual space-related CD to your collection but live in Timbuktu, now you can! Enjoy!

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posted 07-25-2008 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got my copy from Amazon. Very nice, spacey synthesizers. The packaging of the CD is great in terms of the tribute to the STS-107 crew. My only nag was the cover photo which was a Columbia launch BUT not the STS-107 launch. Nice, inspirational photo but I would have preferred the real thing!

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posted 07-25-2008 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marcy, thank you for your response. About the cover -- I debated for a long time whether to use the photo of Columbia STS-50 launch, but decided to use it because I wanted the CD to be more inclusive of Columbia's other flights. In the end, this was one of my favorite photos of Columbia -- and, after all, the CD is clearly titled "COLUMBIA", so you did get the real thing!

Thanks for checking out the CD! I'm glad you liked the music.

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posted 08-01-2008 01:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really enjoyed listening to Anne's music, while reading her thoughtful words in the CD booklet. It reminded me very much of the music of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' series of the 1980s. I am not sure if this is accurate, because it must have been 20 years since I last heard that, but I immediately had that association in my mind...

Anne's music is a great tribute to all of Columbia's missions, not just STS-107 (although that tragedy was directly responsible for this CD). I can play the music while working on a space painting, so that two completely different art forms are combined, both inspired by space exploration.

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posted 04-18-2009 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda K   Click Here to Email Linda K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to share a slide show that I created for our Space Day Celebration. Many thanks to Anne for agreeing to allow me to use her music for this show. The music really made everything perfect!

If you haven't had a chance to get a copy of Anne's CD, I can't recommend it strongly enough! Enjoy!!

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posted 04-19-2009 05:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anne's music is perfect for these stunning images. Thanks!

Am I the only one to see an eagle at 1:06?

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Ed, thanks for the comment. Although I know the video isn't great (Anne's music elevates it!), I had always wanted to make a nebulae slide show, simply because the images are so beautiful. I just never could find a piece of music that really seemed perfect - until I heard Anne's compositions. I want to thank her again for allowing me free rein to use her creations.

Anne and I have talked since she watched the video, and I may do a "new and improved" version at a later date. Having said that, I will admit that I'm really proud of this little presentation because it's the very first movie I ever made. Usually I do all of my presentations in PowerPoint. As such, it will always have a special place in my heart.

As far as the eagle at 1:06 - I had to go back and watch the video again. At first I didn't see it, probably because I was looking for a flying eagle somewhat similar to your superimposed Pioneer 10 that you added to the Jupiter painting. You can imagine my surprise when I realized that there really is an eagle in that image! I won't spell it out - don't want to spoil the fun for other viewers!

Again, thanks for the comment - it means a lot coming from a true artist. You and Anne are both an inspiration!

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posted 05-03-2009 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda K   Click Here to Email Linda K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
UPDATE - After viewing my first attempt several times and speaking to Anne and getting some great input from her (not to mention learning more about my movie maker software), I have posted the "New and Improved" version of my "Beautiful Universe" slide show above.

You might notice that I also changed the wording on the original message about this show. Although I originally termed it a "collaboration," I would like to clarify. Anne's music was created as a tribute to the crew of Columbia, and was NOT originally intended for the use for which she graciously gave me permission to use it. I don't want to detract in any way from her tribute to Columbia. I also want to state for the record how grateful I am for her allowing me to use a small part of her creative genius in my little show, and for her friendship.

Oh, and Ed - if you're reading this, "Ed's Eagle" is now at about 1:09!

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posted 05-04-2009 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'Ed's Eagle'... I like that. Gives me an idea for a painting.

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posted 04-21-2010 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In case you missed it, Canadian award-winning journalist Elizabeth Howell interviewed me recently about my space shuttle tribute CD "Columbia: We Dare to Dream." It was quite an honor! The interview article is here on her fascinating space website Pars3c.

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posted 04-29-2010 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Anne on your CD going orbital!

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posted 04-30-2010 02:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anne, that is really spectacular! You must be floating yourself after seeing this picture. Congratulations!

My own copy of your CD is sitting here just to the right of the computer screen...

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posted 04-30-2010 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anne, much deserved congratulations. Your music is in space where it belongs. I have to believe the Columbia crew would like that.

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posted 04-30-2010 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anne, great to see some recognition for your hard work. Congratulations!

By the way the wife and I love the CD. Also the Bakers received the copy you sent along with mine and they were elated. I was told to thank you for your generosity to them plus your devotion and passion towards the families of the Fallen. A wonderful tribute.

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posted 04-30-2010 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you all for your kind words and congratulations, and especially to Robert for surprising me with this post to my collectSPACE family! If you can't tell yet by my awkward typing today, I'm still STUNNED by the news.

We had NO IDEA that my music flew IN SPACE ON ORBIT until yesterday! It was a total, TOTAL SURPRISE. Until that moment yesterday, the only thing out of the ordinary was that it was my hubby's (audio engineer's) birthday... so we went about doing our normal ritual of doing computer chores, checking emails, checking Twitter.... And there on Twitter was a curious post from "Astro_Clay" with a link... and when I clicked on the link, there was THIS PHOTO of astronaut Clay Anderson's smiling face, next to one of my "Columbia" CD disks, both floating IN MICROGRAVITY!! And maybe the best part of all: below the photo on Twitter were Clay's priceless words: "There you go... whatchya think of that Ms. C?"

Now, isn't that just about the most amazing thing that could ever happen in life to a simple composer?!? Unbelievable.

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posted 04-30-2010 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Anne! That is quite an excellent story. Very happy for you. You deserve it for such a heartfelt CD.

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posted 05-02-2010 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you too, Marcy, for your kind words.

When I worked on this music, it was always about THEM, Columbia's crew. It was never about me. I was just the conduit... and this music came from beyond, from somewhere out there.

So when I saw this photo of one of the CDs floating on the ISS, (and all because of the kindness of a humble astronaut), everything suddenly stopped and got very very huge. It was like seeing Columbia's crew again, floating in the space that they had loved so much. It felt like they had finally come home.

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posted 01-29-2011 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During these potent days of remembrance, I would like to encourage all of us to reflect upon our space heroes while listening to this music.

This music is all about THEM, and their accomplishments and hopes and dreams. But it is also about OUR hopes and dreams. It is about those very great things that brought all of us together here in the first place.

Music has power. It can change a day -- and a life. It can direct our attention towards something that is hard to put a finger on, but something that is bigger and greater than words could ever say. And sometimes music can show us the way.

So let's take a few minutes to stop and reflect and LISTEN. They gave us their lives -- let's give them some minutes. Let's try to *hear* them, their hearts, the ones who flew for us. Then we can go on with our day, but it will be a changed day... a day filled with renewed purpose and dedication. A day we felt their blessings touch us to the bone, and we continued in tribute.

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posted 02-01-2011 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remembering STS-107 Columbia and her crew, eight years ago today.... I never dreamed that day for me would end up as a "preface" to music.

Hail Columbia.

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posted 11-28-2011 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to share this video with you all, as I'm very excited about it! My audio engineer and I created this short slide show set to the opening music on my CD. It was fun and inspiring for me to match NASA's photos to the vision I had in my head when I composed the piece! So I hope you enjoy "Hangar Doors (Rollout)":

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posted 11-28-2011 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bravo! Very impressive. Your music is really made to be combined with pictures, like a soundtrack.

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posted 11-29-2011 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great job on tying the video and audio together Anne! Love it. Will share with others.

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posted 11-29-2011 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yay Ed!!! So glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for your kind words... coming from you, I feel my head/ego starting to inflate. (Thanks, I needed it!)

Marcy, I'm touched – thanks! I'm glad you'll share it... we need more rollouts these days!!

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posted 02-01-2012 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remembering STS-107 especially today... and hoping that some of you will listen to my "Columbia: We Dare to Dream" CD today to honor them. Hail Columbia.

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posted 02-01-2013 12:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ten years... and I still have a huge lump in my throat. If ever there was a day to listen to this music, this is it. Back then every note was etched with tears, for the crew and families and all so horribly affected.... But listening now, the melodies that soar and the silences in between are searing reminders that it is up to us to keep their dreams (and ours) alive. So listen closely, now, with all your heart... we owe it to them. Hail Columbia.

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