22 January 2018…Musician and composer Chris Wirsig, the founder of the critically acclaimed group no:carrier, has recorded a full-length album inspired by science and the music of the late Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream. Starshot will be released on February 23, 2018.
For Starshot, Wirsig drew from the legacy of the Berlin School style and its artists who influenced him, from Tangerine Dream to Klaus Schulze (who gets his own dedication in the songs “Ode To KS” and “KS2”). The album, dedicated to the late Edgar Froese, also reflects Wirsig’s fascination with science and space travel, drawing inspiration from the discovery of exoplanets and possible future colonization of other planets. With this, the album is also a hat tip to organizations like NASA and Space-X.
“Breakthrough Starshot,” for example, is a research and engineering project that wants to develop a proof-of-concept fleet of light sail spacecraft that should be capable of making a journey to the Alpha Centauri star system where Proxima Centauri b, an Earth-sized exoplanet in the habitable zone of the star system, is located.
Says Wirsig, “I’m hoping that I will see these efforts come to fruition, partly because I always liked that Star Trek idea of exploring space while making mankind a better and more humane species, and partly because I feel that mankind might need to go to other planets one day to escape an Earth that is no longer habitable.”
Proxima Centauri b
Ode To KS
Like Distant Memories
Wirsig is a key player in the international music community. A classically trained musician, he also has 20 years of experience in music production. He is the founder of the critically-acclaimed electro-noir band no:carrier and electronica-chill out project Virtual Conformity. He was an editor of Keys Magazine and started the first German fair-trade record label, NovaTune. With Counter Communications, a music library he owns with his wife focusing on dark, intense soundscapes, Wirsig’s music has been placed in games like “Alien Tribe 2” (top ten iPad game), short film 20 Matches, and in TV shows on ABC, E!, Audience Network/DirecTV and more.
Two songs from Starshot are streaming on Bandcamp now (https://chriswirsig.bandcamp.com/album/starshot), and the pre-sale on all platforms starts on February 26, 2018. It will be fully available at all digital retailers on February 23, 2018.