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Before dawn on October 23, 1740, James Short, an expert optician and a Fellow of the Royal Society, was watching the sky: Directing a reflecting telescope of 16.5 inches focus.. . towards Venus, I perceived a small star pretty nigh her; upon which I took another telescope of the same focal distance, which magnified about fifty or sixty times.... Finding Venus very distinct, and consequently the air very clear, I put on a magnifying power of 240 times, and to my great surprise found this star put on the same phasis with Venus [that is, it showed the same phase or pattern of sunlight and shadow, indicating that it was near Venus rather than a distant star].... Its diameter seemed about a third, or somewhat less, of the diameter of Venus; its light was not so bright or vivid, but exceeding sharp and well defined.... I saw it for the space of an hour several times that morning; but the light of the sun increasing, I lost it altogether about a quarter of an hour after eight. I have looked for it every clear morning since, but never had the good fortune to see it again. Short was a premier telescope maker and would hardly have been deceived by a “ghost Venus”—an internal reflection within the eyepiece—as some have suggested. Others who saw an apparent satellite of Venus included Gian Domenico Cassini, the discoverer of four of Saturn’s moons, in 1672 and 1686; Andreas Meier in 1759; T. W. Webb in 1823; and M. Stuyvanert in 1884. Today there is no trace of any satellite of Venus. (Nature, 14:193-94, June 29, 1876)

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Tracks made from scavenged web midi files, classic analog loops and text read from my bookshelf.

WARNING: Extreme Frequency Range.
Amplitude Instructions: Start Low, Aim High.

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released March 5, 2019

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moonwobble Second, West Virginia

ADRIFT IN
DEEP SPACE.

SURROUNDED BY
VOID AND LIGHT.

EXPLORING THE
PRISMATIC HEART.

84% of these tracks
were recorded on the fly,
while fishing the stream of consciousness.

From dark matter,
to grey.

WARNING: LISTEN AT OWN RISK.
F-BOMB ALERT!

Many of these tracks contain
samples of street recordings.
Volume, color and quality
will vary wildly.
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