It's been a little while since I updated this, although that doesn't mean nothing's been going on. I've got three newsworthy items to discuss.
First , I wanted to advise everyone that PBD Episode Two is indeed coming, and work on it is well underway. I've gotten a fair number of mails and comments about this, and wanted everyone to know "Wanderers" was not a one-off thing. The series will continue!
A full, low-resolution "sound sketch" exists of the 59-minute episode, although development has stalled for a bit due to some technical issues (see below). For what it's worth, I consider the contents of Episode Two to be among the strongest material in all of Pale Blue Dot, and I'm quite pleased with the way it ended up falling together. I'm very satisfied so far, and look forward to previewing this sound sketch to a select group of supporters and collaborators in the near future.
Second, as I mentioned above, I've been beset by a number of fairly nasty hardware issues that claimed the lives of both my primary editing PC, and one of my scratch drives. Naturally, everything was backed up on redundant disk arrays, and I needed to migrate my production environment onto a much faster PC anyway, but it still slowed everything down. It actually died while rendering a small video I made about the recent tragic I-35W Bridge collapse, and it took some doing to reconstitute that video from the bits I salvaged from the disk arrays. I am working on another short video now (about the Mars MER landers) to work the kinks out of this new system. So far, so good. I'll try to post it soon.
Lastly, just yesterday I noticed a fellow on YouTube decided to use five-minute nonstop chunk of "Wanderers" to make his own little video.
I've embedded it below. Not bad... definitely a totally different audio interpretation of the images and video I chose, but not inappropriate at all. In fact, it's an interesting synthesis and I'm pleased an entirely new audience will get to see my work (even if it's uncredited!) the video is even (at this moment) featured on the front page of YouTube!
That's all for now...