THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 206
…Celeste listens more intently this time and she was able to reproduce the incoming communication to the note, using the NEWFOUNDLANDER digitized instrumentation…
“Yes and no… I mean recorder, a 12th Century version of the flute…a musical instrument.”
“Is this a coincidence or could it be that this music is an attempt to communicate with their spacecraft?” His theory is not revolutionary considering the time they spent on the subject of the overt melodious sounds of the NEWFOUNDLANDER leading up to this seminal moment.
“I knew their use of the diatonic scale was more than fanciful fluff and this confirms it!” She spirits to an apparatus on which she had been secretly experimenting during her private time, “This synthesizer is actually the communication console.”
“Have you been fiddling behind my back?” His attempt at humor masks his openly jealously over his wife making a breakthrough discovery.
“This is no different than you nosing around the propulsion and navigation stuff and besides, you have never shown the barest inclination towards music Sam. Don’t feel left out.
“And before you turn this around a make fun of me, consider this; before I met you, becoming an astronaut was my second choice. I actually auditioned for 2nd violin at the New York Philharmonic. I could be safely back on Earth, playing Vivaldi at Avery Fisher Hall. But instead I am second fiddle on a spaceship without a rudder.”
“There should be a musical response, if it is a form of communication. I’m going to defer to your expertise.” Sam knows better than to make-too-lightly when Celeste is passionate.
As he surmised, a very similar melodious passage is incoming. Celeste listens more intently this time and she was able to reproduce it to the note, using the NEWFOUNDLANDER digitized instrumentation.
“I made sure that there was enough difference in my melody. They will know this isn’t an echo.”
“Great observation! They will be expecting a reproduction not a response. Boy, are they going to be in for a shock when they find out who they’ve been “jamming” with, probably thinking that their crew had tinkered with the “out of office” message.”
About fifteen minutes passes without further tonal interaction.
THE RETURN TRIP