Past event (2013)

In 1967, a young astronomer detected in the heavens a rapidly varying radio signal, in the form of periodic impulses 1.3 seconds apart. The discovery caused a sensation. The impulses were so regular that for a while they were taken to be signals coming from extraterrestrial civilisations. Then astrophysicists revealed a truth that was just as surprising: the signals were being emitted by a pulsar, the fantastic compact residue created by the supernova explosions that long ago disintegrated the massive stars.

—Jean-Pierre Luminet, Astrophysicist at 
the Paris-Meudon Observatory

More than twenty years later, inspired by this discovery and those sounds, the composer Gérard Grisey wrote Le Noir de l’Etoile for six percussionists placed around an audience.

Science, Music, and The Galaxy Song

Saturday, June 1 | 2:00pm

In anticipation of Music From Yellow Barn’s evening performance, Artistic Director Seth Knopp and Astronomer Matthew Shetrone offer insight into the science behind popular and classical music, with accompanying music, video, and slides. A discussion will follow the presentation.


Saturday, June 1 | 9:45pm

Grounds open at 9:00pm
Gates close to cars at 9:30pm
The performance will begin at approximately 9:45pm and will last approximately one hour, ending in complete darkness.
Flashlights are recommended.

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998) Le Noir de l'Etoile (1989-90)
for six percussionists placed around an audience
Eduardo Leandro
Doug Perkins
Ian Rosenbaum
Greg Beyer
Tim Feeney
Ayano Kataoka

Crowley Theater
El Cosmico
Marfa High School
Marfa International School
Marfa Public Radio
The McDonald Observatory
The Nasher Sculpture Center
OTR Mastering
Sound Ideas Production Group
Sul Ross State University
The Chinati Foundation
University of Texas at Austin

Special Thanks
Bowie Adams
Jessica Allen
Trava Baker
Mark Brandon
Jim Case
Marella Consolini
Marilyn Dieckert
Chris Dobbins
Tom Geballe
Mary Bell Lockhart
Shelley and Henry Hudson
Bill Jordan
Jeff Lowes
JD Maguire
Tom Michael
Roland Muzquiz
Joanie Powers
Quality Quinn and Michael Maguire
Matthew Shetrone
Ford and Lindsay Smith
Doug Thompson

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