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Red Dot

from Red Dot - EP by Homeless Balloon



Ambient Electronica with drum and percussion groove, deep bass, electronic drums, synth and keyboards (MiniMoog, Prophet-6, U-he DIVA etc.), voice samples and sound fx. I composed this to honor the brilliant scientist and author Carl Sagan, and I made the special mix for my daughter Anjas wedding (the same day as this EP is released) because when I first shared the beautiful reading "Pale Blue Dot" by Sagan with Anja, she told me that she wanted to use this in her wedding, but some other voices in the family didn't like the idea enough. By composing this track, I want to give Anja some support - and show that we think alike! We have open and free minds, and we trust in facts rather than myths.

About the video:
Today (this video was released on September 11, 2018), it is seventeen years since the brutal terror attack on the World Trade Center on Manhattan in New York. When we look at the human history, it's a never ending story of brutal violence and suffering. In this video - based on my composition "Red Dot" (released on Homeless Balloon's EP "Red Dot" in 2018) - I have picked some of the important points in history seen in a broad perspective. We can ask if human life needs to be like this, or if there is any hope for change? Personally, I don't believe in political solutions only. We need a change in the way we look at ourselves and each other. We need a change in our minds. Politics is still about power. Politicians are supposed to be strong and powerful, and we easily accept their violence because we think that "violence is sometimes necessary". Based on the discoveries and research of science - and also our experience with fanatic religion and extreme political views - it shouldn't be difficult to draw the same conclusions as Carl Sagan did in his essay "Pale, Blue Dot", which inspired me to compose "Red Dot". I asked for permission to use Carl Sagan's voice recording of his Essay, but his wife Ann Druyan responded politely that she and her husband always wanted to protect the copyright and use of this valuable recording. I respect that!

Here are som quotes by Carl Sagan:

"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." (Carl Sagan)

"Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another." (Carl Sagan)

"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark." (Carl Sagan)
The pictures used in this video are all public domain (PD) or published under a Creative Commons (CC) license. Below are TC for each image, with original file name and licensing:

0:30 "Apollo 11 bootprint 2" - PD (NASA)
0:38 "Apollo 11, 1969 (8980505187)" - PD (NASA)
0:44 "All Gizah Pyramids-2" - CC BY-SA 4.0
0:47 "A_sculpture_of_Gula,_Sumerian_deity_of_healing_Wellcome_V0031350ER" - CC BY-SA 4.0
0:50 "Chaos monster and sun god" - PD
0:54 "Moses-tall.png" - PD
0:58 "Blake Canterbury Pilgrims engraving" - PD
1:02 "Torture Inquisition" - PD
1:05 "Pope Innocent VII" - PD
1:10 "Errors of the Roman Catholic Church " - PD
1:13 "Duomo (Treviso) - interior - Altar of St. Pius X" - CC BY-SA 4.0
1:17 "AfricanSlavesTransport" - PD
1:21 "he_slave_ship_Brooks'_RMG_F0872" - PD
1:26 "Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S36048, Frankreich, Arras, Artillerie" - CC CC-BY-SA 3.0
1:30 "Churchill-in-quebec-1944-23-0201a" - PD
1:36 "Doctored_Stalin-Lenin" - PD
1:39 "Bundesarchiv Bild 183-H1216-0500-002, Adolf Hitler" - CC CC-BY-SA 3.0
1:45 "Children_in_the_Holocaust_concentration_camp_liberated_by_Red_Army" - PD
1:48 "Buchenwald Slave Laborers Liberation" - PD
1:56 "Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0322-506, Adolf Hitler, Kinderbild retouched" - PD
2:04 "Stalin 1894" - PD {{PD-US}}
2:12 "Bombed_building_in_Germany,_post-WWII_(5139906857)" - No known copyright
2:16 "49487266@N07/8091821105" - No known copyright Flickr)
2:20 "Operation Crossroads Baker Edi" - PD
2:28 "Atom Bomb victim" - PD
2:37 "Hiroshima_Street_Scene_with_injured_Civilians." - PD
2:42 "Mao 1925" - PD {{PD-US}}
2:47 "Mao Zedong, 1935" - PD {{PD-US}}
2:50 "Kissinger, Ford and Mao, 1975 A7912" - PD
2:58 "Mural painting celebrating Pol Pot in Sundsvall" - CC CC-BY-SA 3.0
3:01 "Choeungek2" - PD
3:05 "FOTOGRAFIA_VISITA_GRAL._FRANCO_(1950)_J_mmue_7955_02_00001" - PD
3:09 "Ayatollah Mofatteh & Ayatollah Khomeini 01" - CC BY-SA 4.0
3:14 "Twin Towers-NYC" - No known copyright
3:31 "Hamid Mir interviewing Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri 2001" - CC CC-BY-SA 3.0
3:37 "Saddam Hussein at trial, July 2004" - PD
3:39 "SaddamStatue" - PD
3:44 "Bashar_al-Assad_mural_in_Latakia" - PD
3:48 "War on Terror montage1" - PD
3:52 "War on Terror montage1" - PD
4:00 "Destruction of Gaza - 3388450732" - CC CC-BY-SA 2.0
4:05 "Liberian_rebels_(second_civil_war)" - PD
4:10 "Starved Girl" - PD
4:15 "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." - PD
4:23 "Black Power demonstration" - PD
4:32 "Mural Ffm Osthafen 02 (fcm)" - CC BY-SA 4.0
4:40 "Syria Child" - PD

Note: "Mural Ffm Osthafen 02 (ccm)" is a picture of a wall painting inspired by the tragic death of the three year old boy Aylan Kurdi from Syria who drowned and was found on the shore in Turkey on 2 September 2015. He and his family were Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe amid the European refugee crisis. - The original photo of Aylan Kurdi was taken by Nilufer Demir.


from Red Dot - EP, released July 27, 2018
Composed and performed by Helge Krabye (TONO/ncb)


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Homeless Balloon is the music project of Helge Krabye. He has created music for more than eighty TV documentaries, radio plays and multi media productions since the 80's. His music is inspired by ambient jazz, world fusion, electronic and film.

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