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Incident at Malapert (SRC2013)


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Part 2 of my two-part submission to the Space Race Challenge 2013, with a short sci-fi story to go along with it. The first part is called "The Mountain of Eternal Light," and should be posted just below this one.

I would say that this is in the soft synthprog category -- not truly prog (it needs electric guitars and more… stuff). But whatever the case may be, thanks for listening, and thanks to the organizers of the SRC.

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"Lieutenant, report to communications … ummm… now, sir."

"Well, okay, Corporal."

Robeson rode the elevator down to the Comm Center, looked into the optical scanner, felt a rush of frigid air as the double doors opened, as if the room had been holding its breath, and finally gotten its chance to exhale. He was barely through the doorway, into a different world than the one he was used to, when a serious looking young woman handed him a brown envelope that was wrapped with loving care in black-and-white striped tape. Robeson stepped into one of the reading booths. He took a guess as to what this might be. He was right.

Z11201/3SPACE-15AUG
SECRET/EYES ONLY
FR: SPACEUS
TO: LT. OLIVER ROBESON
REPORT: ORDER INTERDICT MALAPERT STATION.
SUPPORT STATUS ON. OPPOSITION UNKNOWN.
ACTION AWAITING YOUR GO. CON COL G.J. ABRAMS.
SPECIFICS FOLLOW:
1. EXECUTE ORBSURV MALAPERT.
2. EXECUTE ORBSURV SHACKLETON.
3. EVAL TD SAFE ONLY TD.
4. EVAL THREATPOT EVAL THREATID.
5. RESTRICTED ACTION WARPLAN ZEBRA TAC 6.
STAY COOL. SPACEUS SENDS.

Robeson knew in a flash what was being ordered, and what was needed, except that he had no idea who he was supposed to spy on. Did anyone? Abrams would have to supply the missing details.

Fifteen minutes later, Robeson was led into the office of Colonel George J. Abrams.

After exchanging the usual formal pleasantries, Robeson said, "An interesting assignment, sir. First to the Peak of Eternal Light, then to the Crater of Eternal Darkness. It's almost poetic."

Abrams, thoroughly unimpressed, sitting behind his desk, which was stacked high with folders, books, and random coffee-stained reports, slapped a single sheet of paper in front of Robeson and said, "We copied this station-to-station transmission from Dr. Rainier Haardt one day before the blackout. This intel stays here for now."

"Yes, sir. Haardt. Isn't he the …"

"Chief Engineer at Malapert. That's right."

Robeson looked the document over. His let his eyes pass over all the tagging information. There was only one line of any possible substance. It did little to answer the questions that Robeson wanted answered. He read the transmission transcript. Then he read it again.

---TRANSMISSION START
The spell of these terrible solitudes cannot leave any mind untouched.
---TRANSMISSION END

Robeson looked up from the paper, and shot a questioning glance at Abrams.

Abrams said, "That quote was tracked down and attributed to some horror novelist from over a hundred years ago."

"So, obviously he's… what's he talking about? Solitude? Aren't there over three hundred people crammed into Malapert?"

"Are there?"

Robeson was caught off guard by that, thinking that he was now seeing the beginning of the lifting of the veil. "What are you suggesting, sir?"

Abrams grimaced, tapped his forefinger on the desk, and finally said, "I don't know. You'll tell me by the end of the week."

"Sir, I think I've heard all the rumors. Are any of them true?"

Abrams seemed to let his guard down a notch, and the strain of having to make command decisions in the face of uncertainty showed in his slumped posture. Robeson needed to know something about what he was getting into, but, as usual, not everything. Abrams said, "There's one rumor you haven't heard, but let's not go down that road any further. You go in. Just go in."

"Of course, sir."

"Knock off the 'sir' crap."

Robeson stared across the desk at Abrams, wondering. After what seemed an interminable and awkward silence, Abrams finally said, softly, "Look, if I told you what I think is really going on up there, you would think I'm crazy."

Robeson remained speechless, sitting at attention.

After more soundless seconds, Abrams, with a strained voice bordering on dejection, said, "That's it, Robeson. We're sending you a copy of that story. Read it on the way over to Tanegashima. Don't know if it will help, but there's not much to go on."

"Yes, sir."

Abrams scowled his best Colonel scowl, his composure returning, then, doing his best to recapture the persona of a bold leader, said, "Welcome to the Space Marines, Lieutenant."

"Space Marines? Never heard of 'em."

"That's right, son."
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alackbass said 1502 days ago (November 2nd, 2013)
Incident at Malapert (SRC2013)
Really impressive. Killer drums and bass. Loving the variety of synth leads and melodies. Great tones. Mini Moog magic.
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Ex_Silentio said 1495 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Andrew
I'm glad you were able to check this out. Thanks. The drums, yeah. First time using a drum kit that wasn't Addictive. I miss them, but these LP X drums seem OK for this kind of piece.
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Daugrin said 1502 days ago (November 2nd, 2013)
Brilliant
Warmth and light, danger and suspense without all that witless repetition so common in this genre. Bravo! Thanks for posting.

Daug
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Ex_Silentio said 1495 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Hey, Daug
Ha, thanks. I'm often partial to repetition, although I would cringe if it were witless. But I'm pleased that this sits well with you. Appreciated.
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SpaceRace_Challenge said 1502 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
SpaceProg
Very cool use of driving synths and drums over the floating ambience. No shortage of energy or raw emotion in this one. A fitting end to the story and an effective contrast to part one. Cancel my tickets on the next lunar shuttle….


Ex_Silentio said 1495 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Mr. Challenge
I'm a big fan of the SRC. I hope there will be more. Thanks for the comment!
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Narad said 1501 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Incident at Malapert
Fantastic use of rhythms, energy and dramatic elements !!!
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Ex_Silentio said 1495 days ago (November 9th, 2013)
Hi, Harald
Glad you like my little foray. Not too spaced out, but I gave it a shot. Well, maybe. Just having some fun, trying to get used to my new toys.
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carbon said 1501 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Incident
spectacular. this is maybe my favorite song i've hear from you. your signature rhythmic intricacies are here, yet this song seems to be a bit more accessible than many of your other posts. the groove is infectious. big fan here; thanks for an entertaining story (what is going on up there??) and another terrific download.

cheers,

steve
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hey, Steve
I have to admit that I'm surprised by your comment. But I'll take it. Happily. Always look forward to your feedback. And as far as what's going on up there, I'm not saying a word --- except that it is surely not what you might guess from what information is available.
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sammydix said 1501 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Incident
i'd place this pretty solid in prog...sorta Camel/Tangerine D. style. great phases and transitions. if that scream was just a little more fierce, i think that one little part would have had a lot more intensity. minor nit to a major good tune.
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
SammyD
Thanks for listening to my little SRC offering. Glad you liked it. As for the scream, OK, I get that. On the other hand, if the scream comes from a scene from the "story," then we don't know who it is. To me, it is an unlikely kind of scream, conveying no pain, no horror, no sense of triumph, no fear. It is not a scream that triggers any kind of recognition in our Earthly consciousness. Although it sounds human, it seems that the voice is detached from our sense of a genuine human emotion. What could it mean, with its truncated, monotonous flatness? We just don't know yet. But yes, I get it, and I appreciate the critique. And Camel?! Whoah! I wish. Good call though. Thanks again, Sam.
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Henke said 1501 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Really cool stuff
Very refreshing to hear one of your beautiful prog tunes again. Enjoyed. So you wrote the back story as well? Impressive! Is there more where that came from? Will I be able to download/buy it from iBook Store? You could put in some of this great music in the book if you like (as I did in mine). That would be really, really cool :-)

Thanks for sharing and take care,
Henke
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Sir Henrik
My habit is to get the urge to write something about once a year it seems. Just fragments. Maybe after I retire, I will try something more serious. Me and a million other budding authors with word processors. Writing little musical ditties requires a far smaller intellectual investment. Anyway, good to hear from you, and thanks for the nice comments. Now I will have to ride your space elevator back down to the surface of the everyday.
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richard13 said 1501 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Although rock is one of my least favorite genres
your "soft synthprog" piece is, to me, almost as delicious as Part 1. Together they are greater than the sum and make a very impressive entry into this year's challenge.
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hi, Richard
Thanks again for your nice compliments on my SRC entries. I didn't capture space as effectively as you did in your two fine contributions, but it was fun trying.
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SmokeyVW said 1501 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Welcome to the Space Marines
relentless tension - man, something really bad has gone down on Luna

thanks
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hey, Smokey
Something really bad. Yes, indeed. I'm glad that you found tension in the sound. I wasn't actually consciously going for that, but it kinda worked out that way. Thanks much for coming by.
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sschedra said 1501 days ago (November 3rd, 2013)
Really cool
My piece is called "Homage", but your most subtle and therefore perfect homage to Asimov's "Nightfall" is so incredible. really well done! PS I would encourage you to flesh this out and finish the story.
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hi, Stephen
I was thinking that it was more of a rip-off of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, even though I never got past the first 1/3 of that. Anyway, I was actually ripping off some actual science articles, with the peaks of eternal light, and trying to extrapolate from there. Fleshing out story ideas will have to wait until after retirement, but thanks for the vote of confidence.
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Bubowski said 1500 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
A nice pair...
of pieces. Great work on these.
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hi, Bubowski
Thanks for taking the time to listen to both of my contributions. I may have gone a little overboard. But mainly I'm here to have fun, and that's just what I did with these two.
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Corporal Beef said 1500 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
Malapert
Great work! It's so pleasing to hear fresh ideas in this "limited" genre. This one is chalk full of suspense and intrigue, all against a backdrop of black coldness, far , far from home. I thoroughly enjoyed your concept and execution. Thanks for posting!
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Cpl. Beef
Nice description. I am pleased that suspense, intrigue, and coldness came through all the noise. Far from home. Yes, that is the heart of the issue, or so it may seem. My son suggested a Heart of Darkness on the Moon kind of theme after he read it. I said, "Hmmm, not bad."
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Doug Somers said 1500 days ago (November 4th, 2013)
No prisoners
I'm back under my own name this time. I'd say stellar work here Ex but this is about the moon, and "lunar work" doesn't cut it. Terrific back story and when the music starts it's like having your hands stuck on the grips of a motorbike as it pulls you across an intricate alien landscape at high speed. Sonic shimmer hammer bombast and complexity abound. It's a progfest you've got going on and I'm lapping it up. Thanks for the download too!!

Stay cool,
Doug
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hi, Doug
Stay cool, hahaha. Yes, you're probably one of the few who actually slogged through the story. Thanks for that, and thanks for your evocative description. "Lunar work" would be just fine coming from you.
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bud said 1499 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
didn't expect that bass and beat
when it came in - very cool - excellent synths throughout and a really unique take on the space race challenge. love the script too.
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
No one expects...
Oh, wait, the Python reflex almost kicked in. Prog without drums and bass wouldn't be prog, although this is obviously not hard progressive prog in the style I really like. But in any case, thanks for stopping by, Bud. Really liked Stardust, which I thought was extremely clever, as well as an enjoyable listen.
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oldlibmike said 1499 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Cool rhythms throughout
This sounds great - what synths did you use? Love the syncopated beat - lots of transitions to keep things interesting. Agree with the Camel comparison or maybe a bit Crimsonish sans guitar.
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hi, Mike
Thanks! Glad you like it. I'm using 9 synth voices for this, a mix of the Zebra 2 and the ones available in LP X, and a couple that I downloaded from the Zebra site. Camel, Crimson -- yeah! two of my favorites, although, obviously, I am not worthy.
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MannequinRaces said 1499 days ago (November 5th, 2013)
Yes!!
The drum programming is really nice! Excellent piece. If you don't mind my asking what are you using for your drums? Wasn't expecting the scream at 4:42, awesome. Cool groove!
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Ex_Silentio said 1492 days ago (November 12th, 2013)
MannequinRaces
Love that user name. Drums. Right. "Heavy" from the Drum Kit selections in LP X. But still, although I think this setting is not too bad, I recommend Addictive Drums, which unfortunately has a compatibility issue with my OS (curses!). Thanks for the compliment. I put quite a bit of time into the drum track, but that's a pleasant pastime for me.
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davajonah said 1496 days ago (November 8th, 2013)
Coo-er
I'm swearing at my computer now. This is so good. Real heavy duty prog stuff. And you did it in your basement [or wherever] Very impressive. If you need some more space marines, btw, I may have a box tucked away up in the attic. They'll need painting.
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Ex_Silentio said 1494 days ago (November 10th, 2013)
Hello, Dave
Painting space marines? Eh, not likely, but thanks for the offer. I made this little ditty in my private mountaintop observatory/laboratory in the Carpathians buaaahahaha. Thanks for listening to yet another of my bombastic proggy pieces.
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davajonah said 1493 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
Painting Warhammer figures...
I was reminded of my SRC piece from a couple of years ago! You will have forgotten as it is from the mists of the distant past, but "Space Marines" was the title.
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Ex_Silentio said 1493 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
Space marines
Oh, that's right. Went back and listened to it again. I remember now. The Warhammer phenomenon. The mists of the distant past hahaha. Well, I remember that one. It sounds as cool as ever, although I think your Dune tribute is even better, if you don't mind me saying so.
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groovehounds said 1493 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
Incident at Malapert (SRC2013)
Excellent! Like the drums with the deep growly synth .... moog sounds are great ...this is seriously cool.
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Ex_Silentio said 1493 days ago (November 11th, 2013)
Hey, Stan
And I seriously appreciate that comment. Thanks!
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