Tim Clark – The Last Question


Ambient / Electronic composer Tim Clark started his career in the early 1970’s composing Moog synthesizer soundtracks for Planetarium shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, New York.  According to the liner notes on this privately-pressed LP, Clark was the Music Director at the Strasenburgh, and it was his job to assemble complete soundtracks for the various planetarium shows.  This particular work was the soundtrack for an Isaac Asimov short story first published in 1956, which according to the liner notes “takes place in six time settings beginning in 2061 and progressing forward to the moment when entropy has reached the maximum and the Universe is dead.”  The soundtrack consists of nine pieces, including the three sampled below.

This Way Out is the most melodic piece on the LP, and according to the liner notes, “is for those who want a tune they can whistle.”

Collapse Towards Light: “This Universe ends with electronic sounds which suggest wind heard from inside an echoing bell.  Light suddenly begins again with rumblings, whistles and scintillations of forming stars and galaxies and another Universe is born with the sound of a constant low note.”

Toward X-23: “The sound of metallic soaring space provides a sonic movement forward through time.  The stars appear followed by a spaceship taking its inhabitants to a new world.”

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