Music for the Dome

by Michael Stearns

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Music for the Dome is a compilation of three planetarium scores, “Maya Skies” (24:09), “Fragile Planet” (23:21) and “Wonders of the Universe” (15:33), originally mixed for 5.1 to 12.1 multi channel surround dome playback, remixed here to stereo.
“Maya Skies”, narrated by Lisa Downs, tells the story of the ancient Maya civilization, their cities and temples aligned to the movements of the sun, moon and planets.
“Fragile Planet”, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, takes us from Earth through our solar system and beyond, describing how a planet’s orbit must fall within a “habitable zone” around a star for life as we know it to exist. It also explores the search for “ExoPlanets”, planets in other star systems that might support life.
“Wonders of the Universe” lets us peer deep into space through the Hubble Space Telescope, traveling in distance and time to witness the formation of stars, galaxies and nebulae, returning though our own solar system back to Earth.


released October 1, 2016

Music composed and produced by Michael Stearns
“Maya Skies” is a production of the Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, California.
Archival Maya recordings provided by Na Bolom, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, Sherry Klein Archivist.
Lisa Downs appears courtesy of Cloud People Music, LLC.
Percussion provided by Jeff Sussmann.
“Fragile Planet” is a production fo the Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California.
Additional percussion by Jeff Sussmann
“Wonders of the Universe” is a production of Evans & Sutherland, soundtrack for the Lodestar Planetarium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Many thanks to Arne Jin An Wong, Konda Mason, Alonso Mendez, Ryan Wyatt, Tom Kennedy, David Beining and Ron Sunsinger
All music BMI, Earth Turtle Music
© 2016 Michael Stearns



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Michael Stearns Santa Fe, New Mexico

Michael Stearns is a multi-genre music composer and soundtrack designer/producer. His credits include music for Ron Fricke's non-verbal 70MM films "Chronos", "Baraka" and "Samsara", music for NASA, Laserium, Disney films, HBO, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel and James Cameron's "The Abyss", "Titanic" and "Avatar". Michael works in his studio "The Guest House", in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ... more

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