On Saturday, June 1, there will be a free, outdoor music performance based on the discovery of pulsars takes place at Ranch 2810. A pulsar is a highly magnetized, rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation.
Presented by Yellow Barn music group and a group of Marfa sponsors, the performance of Gérard Grisey’s Le noir de l’étoile features six percussionists positioned surrounding the audience to create an immersive, spatial, musical experience. You can hear the KRTS interview here.
The performance starts at 9:45 pm. Guests are asked to arrive at the ranch gate, and park along the road, between 9 pm and 9:30 pm. Bring a flashlight in your car, as it will be dark. A bus will take audience members from the road to the performance site, and will return them to their vehicles. Visit Yellow Barn for more information.
In 1967, a young astronomer detected in the heavens a rapidly varying radio signal, in the form of periodic impulses 1.3 seconds apart. The discovery caused a sensation. The impulses were so regular that for a while they were taken to be signals coming from extraterrestrial civilizations. Then astrophysicists revealed a truth that was just as surprising: the signals were being emitted by a pulsar, the fantastic compact residue created by the supernova explosions that long ago disintegrated the massive stars.
—Jean-Pierre Luminet, Astrophysicist at the Paris-Meudon Observatory