Le Voyage dans la Lune (by Daniela de Paulis)
is inspired by the homonymous B/W film by French director George Méliès. The animation is composed by 26 'moonbounced' images of the Lunar phases kindly provided by Michael Oates (Manchester Astronomical Society). On the 20 September 2011, the 26 images were sent to the Moon in a sequence (one after the next) as radio signals by Bruce Hàlasz, a radio amateur in Brazil; the radio signals, reflected by the Moon's surface and scattered all over the Space, were partly received by Jan van Muijlwijk at Dwingeloo radio telescope, a 30 metres dish in The Netherlands. The original signals travelled approximately 768.000 Kilometres, the distance to the Moon and back, losing some data on the way, thus giving the 'moonbounced' images a 'noisy' and very unique appearance.
This work has been realized using 'Visual Moonbounce', a technology developed by Daniela de Paulis as a new application of Moonbounce. This is a technology used from the 1946 by the U.S Military Navy as a form of reliable radio communication and also used during the Cold War as an espionage tool. Moonbounce was replaced by artificial satellites in the late 50s, however radio amateurs still employ it as a playful form of international communication.
Visual Moonbounce has been widely used by the artist in her project OPTICKS, a live performance between the Earth and the Moon (opticks.info).
'le Voyage dans la Lune' is the second work she realized with this new form of communication via the Moon.
The sound of the video has been provided by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). The sound is called 'Moonbell' and uses data from one of the sensors of the Lunar orbiting satellite Selene/Kaguya, a laser altimeter, transforming the altitude data into musical intervals. The area sonified in 'le Voyage dans la Lune' is on the far side of the Moon, stretching from the Korolev crater to the highest point.
The original sound is slowed down in order to suggest the rythmic steps of someone walking on the Moon.
This video is the very first attempt to use Moonbounce with moving images and it's the only work of this kind in the world.This is a highly compressed version of the film, for a full resolution please contact the artist on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website opticks.info
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