Planets is a live music set derived from the score commissioned
by the Melbourne Planetarium for the show Launch
Pad. The Launch Pad score
required a range of musical styles to represent each of the
solar systems planets. Cliches and icons were embraced: Venus
is tres sexy; Mars is metal; etc. All tracks were composed
in song format as opposed to employing any sort of 'ambient
scoring' content. The response to the music was that it could
work in a live setting, so now it has become both a live set,
with a CD release of some of the tracks.
stero and quadraphonic versions have been performed at a variety
of venues throughout 2003 and 2004. The music can basically be described
as space-age-bachelor-pad electronica. The samples are eclectic
and the songs' arrangements reference the ornate and highly melodic
approach taken to easy-music orchestation. Beats are combined in
some tracks; a few are beatless. The faux-metal track sticks out
a bit, but so it should.
to Monica Zetlin, commissioning producer of the Melbourne Planetarium.