Mars Rover Cruise

by Thomas Truax

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released March 28, 2021
All sounds originated on Mars, recorded by NASA's Perseverance Rover. Filtered and re-arranged

When I heard the first recordings sent back of the sound of the Mars rover they instantly brought to mind some of my self-made drum machines. Even before looping, there was something of a lumbering swagger in these mechanical and percussive sounds of the Perseverance rover making its lonely way across the Martian terrain.
Originally I thought I’d combine some samples with my machines/ instruments.

But then I challenged myself to come up with something using ONLY the source sounds from Mars, combining some looping and layering in pursuit of making something robotic but groovy. I sampled and transposed them onto a keyboard to construct some simple phrases. Aside from the rover itself, there is Mars wind and the clicking of a laser.

I used a little EQ, some gates, filters and reverb but I held back from anything that would alter the sounds too extremely as I didn’t want stray too far from the original feel.
I'll post a video of my process soon.

There's something magical about playing sounds genuinely captured from another planet on your keyboard back here on Earth. I hope you enjoy this experiment.

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Thomas Truax London, UK

"Thomas Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with all things lunar. He travels the world performing with his "band" of bizarre self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made with bike wheels and a souped-up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable guitar 'Hank'.
"Inventive and Romantic" -TimeOut
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