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Friday
Jan162015

The Beagle has landed!

Well, at least, it did land - although perhaps rather heavily. News came through today that the eternally cute but ill-fated Beagle 2 satellite has been spotted on the surface of Mars, just over twelve years after it vanished from both sight and sound. 

Why, I hear you ask, is this relevant to your musical meanderings, Morgan? Mmm? Well, the room where they built Beagle 2 used to look like this:

But after the Beagle 2 project folded, the laboratory was left dormant for around seven years - until funding was awarded to the Music Department of the OU to develop the space as a cutting-edge music research laboratory. I was involved in setting the studio up, and we started working on a different kind of interstellar space mission:

Thanks to the eternal good graces Martin Clayton and Laura Leante (pictured above), I was able to fulfil a long-held dream - to record a music album of my own imagining in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Thus it was that 'Pan & Syrinx' was borne from the flames of the Beagle. And now she rises again, like a cosmic phoenix! Life is beautiful, eh?