I was prompted by the philosophical work of Arthur M. Young and his thoughts on the purpose of the photon and how time works. His concept of the speed of light being a firmament; that only the photon can exist outside of this framework - outside of time; is what led to track 3: Lecture at the Temple of Edfu. Whilst I stretch what might be true in the song for the purpose of art, I believe the concept is a revelation. The other track stories; excepting the last which I shall describe below; are best left for the listener to decipher and decide upon themselves - I leave only the track titles as a clue to their meaning and your imagination as to their interpretation.
The story of the last track The Chandrasekhar Limit, goes something like this:
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was co-awarded a Nobel prize in Physics in 1983 for his work with theoretical studies of the physical processes of importance to the structure and evolution of the stars. The Chandrasekhar limit being the maximum mass of a stable white dwarf star.
The limit defines the point at which a star will collapse into a black hole or a white dwarf when its fuel supply is exhausted. A layman could argue that our own main sequence star the Sun, supports life on our planet because of this limit. Chandrasekhar's work was controversial and was not recognised for over 50 years after his initial discovery. To have his work finally vindicated by the scientific community is a testament to his patience with the heavy handed tactics and pressure from his peers and in particular Arthur Eddington. His denial of the existence of black holes; essentially proven by Chandrasekhar; is akin to a belief in God and denial of the Devil.
The fusion mechanism that lies deep within the solar boundary of our Sun and its relationship to life on Earth represents the fine line that is the Chandrasekhar limit. The enormous and destructive temperature and pressure generated by the solar disc is somehow contained within it's spherical boundary where it would destroy utterly, anything we could create and place near it - and yet it is not really contained; as photons escape it's grasp (philosophically - it's firmament) and provide energy for life; the Sun is the primary reason that the Earth is as it is today.
There are too many coincidences and perfect accidents for our planet to be the grail of life that it is. I feel we have forgotten what the ancient Egyptians learned about light and about life. Rediscovery is a long and arduous process for some and the answers lie beyond the event horizon for many of us.
Hail, all ye who arrive in this funeral mountain, present ye unto me offerings, cast incense into the flame and pour out libations at every festival of Amentet.
Composed, performed and produced by Paul Huxham September 2017
ISRC # AU-LCE-17-00010, AU-LCE-17-00011, AU-LCE-17-00012, AU-LCE-17-00013, AU-LCE-17-00014, AU-LCE-17-00015, AU-LCE-17-00016, AU-LCE-17-00017, AU-LCE-17-00018, AU-LCE-17-00019
Track list "The Photon Principle"
- 1. Island of the Egg
- 2. The First Occasion of Order
- 3. Lecture at the Temple of Edfu
- 4. Quantum Entanglement
- 5. Lullaby for Starlight
- 6. Anubis Prepares for Refraction
- 7. Osiris Rests in Philae
- 8. Ritual Polarisation of Ra
- 9. An Ancient Artefact Stirs
- 10. The Chandrasekhar Limit
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The Photon Principle