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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredx2098 View Post
    repost!!
    Sorry, what do you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogen View Post
    Sorry, what do you mean?
    I linked to that album earlier. Great album though, deserves to be mentioned twice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredx2098 View Post
    I linked to that album earlier. Great album though, deserves to be mentioned twice!
    Whoops! I've got it on my Audible app.

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    I have been watching this thread but nothing came to me as invoking outer space. I do often experience mental imagery as pictures and even little "mental gifs" when I listen to music but these are rarely obvious and music that sounds deliberately weird is unlikely to give me outer space! For me I think space is more likely to be invoked in music for strings - I don't know why - and I guess two works that could work are Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and the Metamorphosen of Strauss. If I was musically educated I could explain why, and where in the music, the associations come .... but I can't. Does anyone get these associations, I wonder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    I have been watching this thread but nothing came to me as invoking outer space. I do often experience mental imagery as pictures and even little "mental gifs" when I listen to music but these are rarely obvious and music that sounds deliberately weird is unlikely to give me outer space! For me I think space is more likely to be invoked in music for strings - I don't know why - and I guess two works that could work are Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and the Metamorphosen of Strauss. If I was musically educated I could explain why, and where in the music, the associations come .... but I can't. Does anyone get these associations, I wonder?
    Strings create more of a stably oscillating "drone" sound compared to other instruments, which is usually associated with a "spacey" atmosphere. I think classical music is just not the ideal genre for an outer-space atmosphere. I would recommend ambient and progressive electronic music.

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    Electronic music doesn't make me picture space, I'm afraid. I think my imaging facility has a bias against predictable associations so I am filtering out modernist music for this one! Also, I withdraw the suggested Strauss, above: it doesn't work for me. But I am more convinced of the Elgar - it does work. Of course, it sounds ridiculous to picture outer space in response to Elgar but there you are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredx2098 View Post
    Sounds right up my alley. I'll start with the symphonies.
    Also, Celi:

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    Yes, I always wanted to 'curate' a planetarium display to the opening movement of Bruckner's 4th, for instance. I reckon it would be a fabulous experience. And you'd sell the 'soundtrack' hand-over-fist at the gift shop afterwards.
    Graeme

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeG View Post
    Yes, I always wanted to 'curate' a planetarium display to the opening movement of Bruckner's 4th, for instance. I reckon it would be a fabulous experience. And you'd sell the 'soundtrack' hand-over-fist at the gift shop afterwards.
    Graeme
    You know, my mother once told me that when she was growing up in Miami back in the 70s, there was a planetarium she sometimes went to for school trips that always played Bach's F Major Invention in the background. To this day that piece makes her think of stars and planets and vice versa. It's not the first piece I would name when thinking of "spacey" music, but it's interesting how different pieces mean different things to different people.
    But I agree, the opening of Bruckner 4 would be excellent background to a planetarium display or a space documentary. I'd pay money to see it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredx2098 View Post
    Thanks! I prefer to listen to full symphonies though. Would you say 3, 6, and 7 are the most beloved or your favorites? Which are the "popular" ones? Of course I'd like to hear them all, but as a beginner... I have a similar confusion with Mahler but I have listened to the first couple symphonies and I loved them of course.
    My very idiosyncratic rating (best to worst):
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    "Not fare well, but fare forward, voyagers." -T.S. Eliot

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    Classical music may remind me of space when the sound gets really big, such as the finale of Mahler 8 or Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy.
    Otherwise I'm spoiled by electronic ambient music for spacey atmopsheres. "Dry" music generally doesn't work for me. No reverb, no glory. Need reverb for that atmospheric effect and a sense of space and vastness.
    Listen to "Altus", the last 20 minutes of Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void (see my first post in this topic). Give it a chance, listen multiple times in different settings... THAT is vastness and infinity expressed through sound.
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