This Will Be My Legacy (2017)
Director: Erica Genereux Smith

“A lonely young woman is selected as a finalist in an international competition to send four civilians to Mars, forever.” Erica Genereux Smith


I suspect that Martha, the lead character of the film, knew deep down that she would never go to Mars. I thought that it would be fitting to create a score that sounded “outer spacey” but represented life on earth.

After falling into a Google wormhole, I climbed out with the following finds for inspiration.

The Schumann Resonance
Schumann resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, generated and excited by lightning discharges in the cavity formed by the Earth's surface and the ionosphere.

The earth emits a 7.83 Hz frequency and I've used a binaural beats version of sound to create a digital instrument.

Those who believe in binaural therapy claim that the frequency will "connect them with the earth" and "heal them."

Earth Chorus
Nasa released a sound of what earth's radiation belts would sound like to a human being if we had radio antennas for ears:

Earth's Strange Sound
A few years ago there were a number of reports of strange apocalyptic sounds coming from the sky hear all around the world:

Real, or fake, I found it extremely interesting. It sounds quite eerie and similar to a brass instrument. I attempted to recreate the sound by rented a saxaphone and playing it with overtones.

Ringing Rocks
There are so many beautiful and unique things found in nature. I love this library of “ringing rocks” which sound bell-like when you hit them: