Drum 'n' Space

by Elaine Walker / ZIA

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ZIA's 2011 Drum'N'Space album will be a delight for anyone interested in xenharmonic (microtonal) tunings. This is ZIA's first all-xenharmonic album, and it is the first release of Microtonal Records! Drum'N'Space is part of an epic space-rock-opera in the works.


released January 1, 2011

Composed and Produced by Elaine Walker
Mastered by John Herrera at Clamsville Studios
Drums in The Beginning & Happiness by Mark Sandstorm
Drums in Space Battle by David Suriano
Drums in Wormhole & Greater Good by Gary Vitagliano
Glass / CSound track in Champagne by Tobias Enhus
Artwork by Tom Gordon
©2011 ZIA (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved


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Elaine Walker / ZIA Las Cruces, New Mexico

Elaine Walker is an electronic musician and renowned microtonal music composer. She is also the author of a non-fiction physics/philosophy book, Matter Over Mind: Cosmos, Chaos, and Curiosity. She has regularly volunteered for the NewSpace community, promoting the idea of humans living in space. She is a proponent of longevity and a member of the cryonics organization, Alcor. ... more

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Track Name: The Beginning (17edo)
1 The Beginning (17edo)
The universe began as something beyond the range of our experience, and perhaps beyond the range of
our mathematical imagination. We do not have and may never have the language to describe the exact
About as close as we can come is to say that the seeds of things-to-be were there from the start,
including the seed of some essential Mystery to teach the parts how to become the particular universe
that would emerge. The seed surely did not know what it would create, as only time could tell, but it
contained the simplest instructions - all that was needed.
In an instant, the embryo of the universe came forth, verging perhaps on chaos. But within that instant,
the guiding Mystery began to frame events as the creation of a universe-to-be: Time began, space
burgeoned, and matter and energy filled it, cascading into existence.
As the universe expanded and the first glow of creation faded, gravity became the organizing force.
Galaxies-to-be began to form, gathering atoms into banks of swirling mist, and within each bank of mist,
smaller swirls of stars-to-be began to break away and coalesce. Then, in the darkness, the first stars were
born to relight the universe.
As the first stars began to die, some of them exploded, scattering forth new forms of matter. Almost all of
this debris remained in the galaxy of its birth, captured by the gravitational mass of the galaxy itself. Over
time, much of it combined with remnants of primeval matter to form new swirls of clouds to become a new
generation of stars, of which our sun is one.
From the remainders of the mother cloud of our sun, a new kind of planet formed, incipient with new
complexities. Among the complexities that were realized, was the emergence of a microscopic structure
which could capture energy and resources from its environment and replicate itself -- the first life form,
from which every creature on our planet has developed in an unbroken chain.
There was some variability in the replications; variations which were passed on to future generations.
Some of the variants were better able than their parents to compete for the resources required to sustain
life and reproduction. The competition became intense, and over time living things came to exhibit great
complexity and variety.
In the end, however, in perhaps the strangest twist, victory went neither to the swiftest nor to the
strongest but to the most intelligent species; a species equipped to understand itself, to sort out its origins
and those of the universe and to imagine the possibilities of its own future.
[a girl grows up]
[elaine] Bernadette, I swear I cannot find a man on this whole planet. Either they're not smart enough or
good enough, or they're non-committers, or they're taken! I just.. I really think I give up.
[bernadette] Elaine, silly brain, come on.. get a grip. Don't give up yet. There is more than one planet. You
just need to look outside of the sphere…
[elaine] Oh I know.. you're right.
[bernadette] There's that new intergalactic dating site.. what's it called??
[elaine] the Intergalactic dating site.
[bernadette] oh haha.
[elaine] I don't know.. some of those guys are so weird. I mean, the men on the high gravity planets are
so short and stout, and the low gravity planets have 12 foot tall guys with spaghetti legs. How would
THAT work? And then there are the guys with spikes.. I don't understand who they bred with to get those.
and the blue skin guys.. some strange gene splicing has gone on - and the ones with one extra arm.
[bernadette] Well don't be so picky.
[elaine] Hey, I can be REALLY picky if I'm expanding my search to the entire galaxy.
[elaine] OK check this guy out.. a perfectly sized blond adonis.. and check out his PLANET. It's oceans
are made out of champagne.
[bernadette] Oh ya, I've heard of that planet. Planet Champagne
[elaine] How is that even possible?
[bernadette] Favorite him! Put him on the list!
[elaine] OK here's another one.. he's off visiting some other planet, but he says he'll be back soon; as
soon as he fixes his ship. Oh my gosh, he's perfect! This is my perfect guy! Listen to this:
"I graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. All that work has paid off though and I do what I love,
make robots!"
He's brilliant AND funny.. and he must be really good at MATH. Oh I hope he likes me.
Oh…. my…… GOD I know this guy! He's always flying around, touring with his music and stuff. Now he
lives way over on this planet so far away. I kind of turned him down years ago, but.. I actually fell in love
with his music since then. I bet he'll be SOOO excited that I like him now.
Woooohhha look at this guy. He says he's an x-nomrom.
[bernadette] Nomrom? That sounds like Mormon backwards.
[elaine] ha!. Noo… but it is a very serious religion in his sector. I really don't understand it but I hear
they're always nice guys even though they believe weird stuff. It's perfect. He'll be kind and naive and
pure. You know I like 'em pure. He'll be kid-like and fun cuz he's still young and naive and probably really
curious. Ohhhhh boy, I'm so excited!!
I'm not sure my ship can make it though.. I've got to get my ship in motion. My love life depends on it.
Ohhh ZIA, she's my only hope.
You wanna go with me? I'll need a crew of two.
[bernadette] Hell no!
Track Name: Who Loves You.. Me! (10edo)
2 Who Loves You? Me! (10edo)
As we leave the Earth Mach 26
I will sing a love song to my ship
Paying tribute to her sexy parts
As she takes us swiftly to the stars
Who loves you? Me!
ZIA has no science labs, no fancy deck, no armaments,
phaser banks or photon guns, no Mr. Spock or number one.
ZIA is a melody machine
Songs defines a new trajectory
We drum our way to every destination
Her design was pure imagination
Who loves you? Me!
I will find my man among the stars
Propel with circuits, steer with crystal bars
When I find my man I'll stay behind
And say goodbye to ZIA one last time
Who loves you? Me!
Track Name: Champagne (10edo)
3 Champagne (10edo)
A tall blue eyed blondie
He lay down beside me
And poured me an ocean of bubbly
On Planet Champagne, Planet Champagne
I've travelled through ages
I've seen handsome faces
But this man, he aces
With champagne embraces
I'll drink every ocean
To show my devotion
This bubbly potion
Sends waves of emotion
Planet Champagne, Planet Champagne
This bubbly potion
Sends waves of emotion
I'll drink every ocean
To show my devotion
To Champagne, Planet Champagne
This bubbly potion
Sends waves of emotion
It shimmers like diamonds (singing comes in too and doubles)
These bubbly oceans
I've travelled through space-time
To find one to make mine
A man who adores me
A blondie who pours me…
..Champagne, Planet Champagne
This bubbly potion
Sends waves of emotion
I'll drink every ocean
To show my devotion
Track Name: Avatar (16edo)
4 Avatar (16edo)
You got to know me
You took me to your private lair
You want to keep me here
But we don't know where you are
You're right beside me
Yet on a planet far away
I thought I knew you
But you're just an avatar
No one knows who you are
Not even you. Not even your avatar
No one
The path is infinite
To that castle in the air
We are a vagary
A frothy love affair
You're right beside me
Yet on a starship far away
I thought I knew you
But you're just an avatar
It's finally fading what you meant me
You're just an avatar, not really who you are
Just a poorly formed personality
I filled in all the blanks to fit reality
You seemed so real to me
But when you disappeared I had an epiphany
And now you're dead to me
Track Name: Love Song (Bohlen-Pierce Scale)
5 Love Song (Bohlen-Pierce Scale)
I know I love you, because you're not my type
Yet I feel a desperate longing
I know I love you, because I'm terrified
When you're here but not around me
And when I brave the space between us
and reach to pull you near
I float so high
A long awaited high
It's not the distance that makes me cry
It's only torture what you DON'T say
I said I LOVE YOU straight into your eyes
Now all I can do is wait
If your impossible conundrum every creeps away
I will be here
When the sun meets the sky
A long awaited high
Track Name: Space Battle (19edo)
Bad guys everywhere!
They surround, all around
Crazy shooting
Trying to knock me down
I'm one small girl
With one small crew
No weapons no shields
Caught in a battlefield
What do they want from us?
Oh Universe!
Lets call them up on the ZIA screen
And I'll just ask why they're being mean
They say he's just flirting
This will not do for me
I didn't come all this way just to find this face
With my magnetic boots I'll go outside and shoot
He will be on the run once he sees my gun
Why are you being mean?
This is not my idea of flirting!
I'm not interested
Track Name: Love is the Catalyst (10edo)
7 Love Is The Catalyst (10edo)
I get that feeling
When I read about the cosmos
and ponder how things really work.
I can only imagine
That we are the eyes and ears of the universe
And that is our purpose.
And love is the catalyst.
I am. We are.
I am part of a being.
What I think about everything comes true.
Therefore I am a dream.
Becoming lucid.
As pockets of consciousness are bubbling.
I am awakening.
We are a universe.
And love is the catalyst.
I am. We are.
Who are we? Why do we see?
We are the universe; its eyes and mind.
For this we need time.
For that we are civilized.
And love is the catalyst.
I am. We are.
Track Name: Wormhole (19edo)
8 Wormhole (19edo)
We're interwoven
And feeling happy every day
But we are broken
Stuck between a rock and a hard place
Your horse and carriage
My antigravity machine
Here we are in need of a wormhole
Bending space to a time and place
We're stuck between two hazards
Between your past and my future
And you're not ready
But I never want to hear your silence
Because it hurts me
What we really need is science
Let's get our love in motion
Because there is no magic potion
For you and me.
There they are again!
I think those guys are watching over me.
What are they doing?
It makes matter act like clay
And then just smoosh them
In between a rock and a hard place
Out comes a wormhole
A gravity machine
Here we are in front of a wormhole
Bending space to a time and place
We're here between two hazards
Between your past and my future
Please say you're ready
To cross the bridge.. from here to our future
But how do we get there
With a broken rocket booster?
Come on guys, we need to get this ship in motion!
My love life depends on it! This wormhole, it's my only hope.
Let's get this ship in motion
I want to sail the cosmic ocean
Just you and me
[guy] You're the only woman I've been with besides my religious Nomrom wife.
I don't know if you're normal.
[elaine] Trust me, I'm not. I'm better.
[guy] I need time to think.
[elaine] Hurry! It's closing! Come on!
[the wormhole closes]
You shot right through my layers of emotion
I would have sailed the cosmic ocean
With you
Track Name: Greater Good (Bohlen-Pierce Scale)
9 Greater Good (Bohlen-Pierce Scale)
All I see is dumb dumb dumb.. everywhere
All I hear is dumb dumb dumb.. and dumb again
All I feel is numb numb numb
I just want someone
by my by my side
I give up
Cosmos knows I tried
I gave my time
I gave my heart
I gave my mind
But it did no good
I have travelled space and time
trying trying trying
for every handsome face
All I feel is numb numb numb
I'm just lost in space
no one by my side
and I tried and I tried
Cosmos knows I tried
I gave my time
I gave my heart
I gave my mind
But it did no good
I have travelled space and time
Part of me has died
But the rest has come alive
I looked under the hood
And I saw good
Maybe no one can see it but me, but it's ok
Giving up has set me free
I will devote my life to curiosity
And to the Greater Good
I'll give my time
I'll give my heart
I'll give my mind
To the greater good
Track Name: Happiness (16edo)
0 Happiness (16edo)
Love is not about finding a perfect person, it's about finding someone who lets you be the best person - or
energy cloud - you can be.
The End.

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