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Do you enjoy listening to Pandora internet radio? Anne's Columbia: We Dare to Dream is now on Pandora at her artist page.
If you aren't familiar with Pandora, or internet radio in general, here's how it works. Just search for an artist you like (hint, hint) and create your own listening station. Pandora will automatically put together a stream of music for you based on similarities to your chosen artist. As with regular radio you can't select a particular song, but you can fine tune your station by giving a thumbs up or down to whatever is playing. Pandora will adjust the station using your input. And the service is free.
I made my own Anne Cabrera station by starting with her tracks, and then gradually tweaking the related music tracks that they recommended to reflect my own tastes towards electronic and ambient music. See what you think, and then create your own.
April 29, 2010: Columbia CD on the ISS!
Surprise, surprise! Thanks to NASA astronaut Clay Anderson, Anne's Columbia CD apparently took a little trip to the International Space Station, via the space shuttle Discovery mission STS-131.
This is for us such a great honor that we've been struggling to find the words to describe it. Of course, this isn't about us. It's about a Columbia tribute coming full circle back to the NASA family. For us, to have the physical embodiment of this music orbiting our precious planet is symbolic of something much larger. It has to do with remembrance, camaraderie, continuity, and the future. It's about keeping something very important alive.
Thank you, Clay, for this incredible surprise!
photo credit: NASA/astronaut Clay Anderson
April 16, 2010: Interview with Anne at Pars3c.com
Award-winning Canadian journalist Elizabeth Howell has recently interviewed Anne for her space-themed blog at Pars3c.com. Elizabeth is "a staff web writer for CTV Ottawa and previously was on staff for the Ottawa Business Journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal and the Globe and Mail." Her media page lists an impressive array of publications that feature her commentary.
Elizabeth's site has a category called High 5 in which, each week, Elizabeth profiles someone from among various space-related fields of endeavor whom she believes may be of interest to her site's readers.
If you've listened to Anne's Columbia album and would like to know more about how it came into being, you should definitely pay a visit to Pars3c.com and check out this interview. Elizabeth asked Anne several excellent questions that really drew out some personal details about Anne's own background, as well as some things about the Columbia album that I'll bet you didn't know.
While you're there, be sure to have a look at some of the other interviews there at Pars3c. You may find someone you've got something in common with.
(Also in case you didn't know, a parsec is an astronomical unit of measure of about 3.26 light years. A light year? The distance that light travels in one year, which is about six trillion miles!)
[update: links removed since they no longer resolve to the original site]
November 14, 2009: Quail Ridge Books & Music
Do you live in the Triangle area here in North Carolina? If so, we're very happy to report that you'll now find Anne's Columbia: We Dare to Dream CD at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.
If you love books but haven't been to Quail Books yet, you should definitely pay them a visit. When you walk in the door, you won't encounter the usual pyramids of 'best-seller' titles that are currently being constructed in the big-chain booksellers. Instead what you'll find are thousands of titles that have been hand-selected by people who love literature and music, and a staff who are eager to guide you to your next great reading or listening experience. These are just a couple of the many reasons why the store received the Publishers Weekly 'Bookseller of the Year' award.
It's this hand-picking of the titles that they stock which makes us especially pleased to have Anne's CD find a place among the offerings at Quail Ridge Books & Music. In particular, in the music section of the store you'll find mainly classical, jazz, world, and American traditional genres.
As an independent bookseller, Quail Books understands the challenges faced by indie authors and musicians, and makes a big effort to support us. Support your neighborhood indies by paying them a visit, and don't forget to get your copy of Anne's CD while you're there!
Quail Ridge Books & Music : 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607
July 28, 2009: Columbia CD Archived at Museum
We're very happy to report that Anne's Columbia: We Dare to Dream has found a new home in the archives of the International Women's Air and Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
If you visit the IWASM website you'll find this mission statement: “The Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of women in aviation and space and the documentation of their continuing contributions today and in the future.” We can't think of a better context for the album.
Naturally since Anne's album tells the story of the Columbia mission, it includes astronauts Laurel Clark and Kalpana Chawla. This version is told not with words though, but through sound. One of the wonderful mysteries of music is how it can sometimes seem to bypass our heads and speak directly to our hearts. And in our hearts is where the story of these astronauts finds its deepest connection with us.
Our sincerest thanks go out to the kind people at the IWASM for their ongoing work of gathering and making known the stories of so many of our brave and pioneering women.
March 11, 2009: New Blog on Our Site
If you haven't yet noticed the new button in our navigation bar above, we've added a weblog section to our site. Please give it a look, and don't hesitate to leave a comment for Anne if you like.
To get it started, for now what you'll find on the blog are eight entries. Combined, they are the main text from the 24-page booklet that comes with the CD version of Columbia: We Dare to Dream. There's a lengthy preface, and one entry for each of the tracks of the compact disc.
If you purchased a digital download from a source that doesn't provide the booklet content (sorry, we're unable to control that), you can now read Anne's commentary for each individual piece. In fact, copy and paste it if you want a local copy on your computer or to print out. We promise you'll hear the album in a different way after reading Anne's poems and notes.
November 5, 2008: Ed Hengeveld Columbia painting
A couple of months back, Anne was surprised and overjoyed to receive this gift from Ed Hengeveld, a phenomenal painter from the Netherlands who specializes in depicting scenes and personalities from the space program. Ed sent this inspiring painting to Anne to commemorate and celebrate her Columbia: We Dare to Dream album release.
By day Ed stays busy as a spaceflight historian, working for Dutch television news. In his off hours though, he's been growing an international following with his highly-detailed paintings of some of the people and spacecraft which comprise our space program. He's put a large portion of his energies into creating images of the Apollo program in particular. Recently, we and his many other admirers are excitedly awaiting the release of the first printed book of his paintings, which is to be entitled Space Art. You can follow that link to a thread on the collectSPACE.com forum if you'd like more details about Ed's book.
We highly recommend paying a visit to Ed's Gallery pages to fully appreciate the scope of his skill and his dedication to this genre of documentation. There you'll find many examples of his beautiful work, and if you should happen to fall in love with any of them you can also order a print or two there. Ed will also paint on commission if there's a particular moment of space history you'd like to own.
Thank you Ed!
October 25, 2008: New MicroGravity video trailer
Our great friend Bill Judge, mastermind at Bodhi Leaf Productions, has just reworked a portion of his MicroGravity documentary video and posted it to his site for all to view. It's full of wonderful NASA film footage and stills of Columbia's crew performing that unique balancing act between taking care of business, and living out their dreams of spaceflight.
This new trailer highlights a portion of the Microgravity track from Anne's Columbia: We Dare to Dream CD. If you happen to own a copy of Bill's film, you may notice that the music track has been updated: Anne's original work-in-progress has been replaced with a portion the final CD-version of Microgravity. At the time of the film's original creation (back in 2005), some of Anne's compositions for her album were still in their early or middle stages, and were not yet fully formed. Her Microgravity piece was among them.
In this segment of Bill's video you'll see and hear Anne describing her inspiration for her Microgravity track, and some of her impressions of an astronaut's experience of weightlessness. If you've not yet seen Bill's MicroGravity film, or not heard more than the brief audio samples of Anne's music on our site, this trailer will give you a much better idea of both. Take a look!
July 23, 2008: Digital downloads of Columbia now available.
Columbia: We Dare to Dream is now available to those who are interested in digital copies instead of the physical disc. These high-quality mp3's will play on any digital audio hardware device, without restrictions. They are formatted at about 200 kbps variable bit rate, for you techies.
These downloads as well as physical CDs are being made available through CD Baby.com, an amazing company that really cares about their musicians and passes almost all of the sales revenues back to the musicians who created the music. This is far from the case with many other distributors. If you're the type that likes to support the arts, this is a great place to make that support felt. CD Baby also has the largest digital distribution catalog in the world, so you'll never run dry in your indie artist browsing. Stroll through your favorite categories there and see what you find.
Oh, and lest I forget, CD Baby will ship internationally. So if you're outside the US, you can still get the compact disc if that's your preference. Personally, I like holding the CD booklet in my hands while listening to certain recordings, and I know I'm not alone in this. Anne's Columbia CD is certainly one that benefits from this approach.
Please visit Anne's Columbia project page for more details, including the links to some of our current distributors.
July 12, 2008: Anne's Columbia has been launched!
Anne's music CD Columbia: We Dare to Dream has been released and is now available! Head on over to Anne's current project page for all the details, including how you can purchase your copy.
June 25, 2008: The Columbia CD is done!
Yes it's finished at last, and we've set the release date of Columbia: We Dare to Dream for July 12th, 2008. Click right on over to Anne's current project page for all the details, including how you can pre-order your copy.
May 17, 2008: It's getting close!
At last, all of the material for our Columbia CD project (the mastered music as well as the contents of the associated CD booklet) are now at the manufacturing plant for the last phase of production! The final design work, printing, and the actual CD replication process is expected to be completed and the finished package shipped to us towards the end of June 2008.
I'm happy to report that the 24-page booklet which accompanies the CD is filled with both prose and poetry written by Anne. There's a lengthy preface to set the scene, followed by something about each of the tracks individually that lends some insight into them one by one. Anne has also selected some of her favorite photos from the Columbia mission to help to illustrate the text. We think that all the extra time we've spent on this part of the project will go far in helping the listener to more easily find the meaning within the music.
Of course don't forget to add your name to Anne's mailing list if you haven't already, so we can let you know just as soon as the CD gets into our hands. We can't wait!
February 1, 2008: Columbia STS-107 Anniversary
Today, February 1st, 2008, marks the five-year anniversary of the Columbia STS-107 space shuttle tragedy. It's hard to believe that it's been five years already, partially due, I suppose, to the fact that we've been working on this Columbia project ever since that sorrowful day. It's just never been far from our awareness or recollection on a daily basis since Anne first began putting down her emotional responses to the day's events in the form of music notation.
Though one might expect that the resulting music would be understandably melancholy, it turns out that the majority of it is in fact a celebration of human excellence, and of lives dedicated to the pursuit of exploration and discovery in the hopes of bringing benefit to all of humanity.
Today, of course, there were many services held throughout the world to honor these lost explorers. Honored as well were others who have shared with the Columbia crew the misfortune of encountering the unforgiving dangers sometimes found when treading the edge of the known universe, an experience shared by explorers throughout the history of mankind.
The broadcast that we watched was that of the memorial service held at Kennedy Space Center today. Not surprisingly, it was exactly the same sort of celebration and remembrance that already feels at home in our hearts. So here's to those explorers, their families and friends, and to the rest of the citizens of our precious little blue planet - citizens whose futures have been forever changed by those willing to risk sacrifice if it comes to that, in order that we may continue.
December 2007: Long time no news?
Yes, it's been way too long without a peep from us, but that's not without a good side. It just means that all of our time and efforts have been in the studio where they are most vitally needed. After all, if there's finally no music for you to hear, then the website loses its reason for being. We're going to try, though, to get back in touch more often with you, our (hopefully) patiently waiting friends, and tell you what we're up to. Because listeners are music's reason for being.
Because we've been making great progress on Anne's Columbia project, we're getting more excited that its completion is actually a possibility and not just the dream that it's been for so long. The recording process is over. We're now more than half-way through the mixing phase, and are looking forward to sending the final recordings off to be pre-mastered and replicated. As soon as that's done, you can bet we'll be letting you know all about it!
In the meantime, Happy Holidays from Anne and Bill! May you and yours be wrapped in peace and happiness.
January 2007: MicroGravity in Durham, NC
The video MicroGravity is back again, this time at the new All American Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, the weekend of February 23rd. If you're in the area, visit their website to find showtimes.
November 2006: cable TV airs MicroGravity
Second Cinema, a monthly television show that showcases the work of independent filmakers in North Carolina, is airing the video MicroGravity as their feature film this month. If you happen to live in North Carolina or the surrounding area, you can visit their website to find showtimes in your area.
March 2006: more MicroGravity
The video MicroGravity is scheduled to screen again as a part of The Happening at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies on Sunday March 5th, 2006 between 11:15 and 2pm. More information may be found at Duke University's page describing this event. [link removed as it no longer resolves to the Documentary Studies site]
December 2005: a documentary!
There's some great news regarding Anne's Columbia project! Videographer William C. Judge has completed his documentary entitled MicroGravity which had its premiere debut at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on December 2nd, 2005. The seventeen-minute film interweaves interviews with Anne (in which she describes the origins and inspirations for her music CD project), with original NASA film footage and still photography from the Columbia Space Shuttle mission, STS-107.
The images shown in the sidebar of this page are samples borrowed from that video. The images from top to bottom show: Anne composing at the digital piano; a space shuttle and its rockets just outside the hangar doors; the view looking past Columbia's tail towards Earth; and the amazing seven-member crew aboard Columbia.
We hope to be able to post at least some short clips from the video here on our site when it becomes available to the public. We'll also let you know where you might be able to obtain a copy in its entirety.
The video MicroGravity was produced by W.C. Judge for Bodhi Leaf Productions, ©2005. Photo-stills and video provided courtesy of NASA.