Subterranea Europa

by Simon Slator

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On the rare occasions I get the TV all to myself, I occasionally like to indulge in the odd episode of "The Universe". I particularly enjoy episodes about the planets in the Solar System, and if I recall, Jupiter and its moons spanned a whole episode. In that episode, there was a section about Europa, a moon that's theorised to contain an ocean of liquid water under its icy surface.

Now let's imagine what the future holds for this little moon. At some point, many years into the future, mankind has sent a probe to Europa, which has successfully drilled through the surface and into the subterranean ocean below. After the initial scientific exploration, JOVIsion - a video streaming service focused on the Jovian system - sends cameras under the Europan surface for the first time, creating a documentary series on the wonders of its subterranean oceans, from the still blackness of its shallows to the the thermal vents at its depths; teeming with single-cellular life that can survive even on a moon within Jupiter's magnetic and radioactive spheres.

I envisioned such a documentary, which would sit part-way between Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, would have a rather minimal-yet-immersive soundtrack to accompany its visuals.

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released March 15, 2021

Composed and Produced by Simon Slator throughout February 2021.

Cover image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute - www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/05/New_evidence_of_watery_plumes_on_Jupiter_s_moon_Europa


I have been producing conceptual/thematic/progressive "sound art" on-and-off since the early 2000's, ranging from the gentle and pastoral through to the spacey and psychedelic. My inspirations over the years have included works by Brian Eno, Steve Roach, early Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh and Eberhard Schoener.

My main Bandcamp page: simonslator.bandcamp.com
My "spontaneous musings" page: spontaneousmusings.bandcamp.com

Aural Films is an online record label (netlabel) that releases high-quality soundtrack albums for movies that do not exist. We cover a wide range of music styles ranging from ambient to experimental to popular to soundtrack musics. Often on the same albums. You can find our complete catalog of releases online at AuralFilms.com

Aural Films Catalog No. AF0283

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