Eponymous - Orion Starbirth

Orion Starbirth is original world fusion and progressive rock music. Indigenous instruments such as the didgeridoo, Native American flutes, and Eastern Tibetan bells and percussion combine with electric and acoustic guitar and wind synthesizer to create a unique sound that can be exciting or mellow.

This effort is the wonderful collaboration that occurred in the mid 90's between David Hearn AKA The Orion Syndrome, and Martin Schiff, AKA Starbirth. They combined the names of the two projects and a beautiful thing was born.

Arabian

Song Story & Credits

Martin created this one in his studio with Acid Music, then I came over and added the 12 string while Martin added the didge part.
Afterwards, Martin put in piano and synth lines. We've performed this one at coffee houses several times.

Martin Schiff - didgeridoo and keyboard, David Hearn - 12 string guitar
Copyright 2000, Martin Schiff and David Hearn

Lyrics

Instrumental

Canyon Journey

Song Story & Credits

This song was inspired by a couple of friends who took a hike down into the Grand Canyon one New Year's Eve.
As they were from Florida, they took no coats nor warm clothing.
What they didn't realize is that it gets cold in the Grand Canyon in the winter!
The two fellows crawled back up out of the canyon, playing their didgeridoos and flutes to keep warm!

Ryan Dodd - digeridoo & shakers, Dan Houser - Digeridoo, flute & rain stick, Martin Schiff - production, David Hearn - Guitar
Copyright 2000, Martin Schiff and David Hearn

Lyrics

Instrumental

Woodpecker

Song Story & Credits

The Cheyenne have a legend concerning the flute. That it was created by a woodpecker on a tree branch,
and a young indian boy heard the wind blowing through it and gathered it as the first flute. This song is in commemoration of that event.

Martin Schiff - didgeridoo, flute, and keyboard, Dave Hearn - 12 string guitar.
Copyright 2000, Martin Schiff

Lyrics

Instrumental

Astrophoto

Song Story & Credits
This song simulates the photons accumulating on the film over a long time exposure of a faint nebula.
The song starts out with the astrophotographer speaking to the computer and it answering him.
You hear the camera shutter open and immediately the film starts collecting the faint light from the nebula.
As with the image on the film, the music volume and complexity starts to grow.
By the end of the song the image (and the music) is complex and full.
Just as we think the image will start to overexpose (and our ears overload) the shutter closes!

These images sometimes take an hour to create and they can be somewhat exhausting - listen for the computer's comments at the end!

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn, Martin Schiff - didgeridoo.
Copyright 2000, David Hearn

Lyrics

SFX:
***
Dave: Computer, Select the first Astrophoto Target
***
Computer: Target Selected. Omega Nebula is a cluster with nebulosity of magnitude six point zero.
***
Dave: Begin Exposure. (camera shutter)
***
Computer: Exposure has started at 23 hours 2 minutes and 51 seconds...
***
Computer : Fifty-Nine minutes left!
***
Computer: Forty Five Minutes left!
***
Computer: Fifteen Minutes Left!
***
Computer: One Minute Left!
***
Computer: Attention: Exposure has completed!
(camera shutter)
***
Dave: Man that was long! I'm exhausted!
***
Computer: So am I.
***
Dave: What??!!

War Dance

Song Story & Credits

This is a basic Acid Music generated groove, with Martin jammin' with his didge!

Martin Schiff - Didgeridoo, keyboard and production.
Copyright 2000, Martin Schiff

Lyrics

Instrumental

Autumn Evening

Song Story & Credits

A performance piece for Orion Starbirth - classic combo for Dave & Martin; guitar & didgeridoo.
This was recorded in three distinct phases; the original was created in my studio, then I sent it to Martin via the Internet.
He added his didge parts in his studio, then sent them back to me.
I mixed down his parts, and the song was born. At no time did we actually play together.

Music, sequencing & performance: David Hearn - Didgeridoo: Martin Schiff
Copyright 2008, David Hearn and Martin Schiff

Lyrics

Instrumental

Journey to Mars

Song Story & Credits
One of my favorite Orion Starbirth songs, again, arranged by Martin in his home digital studio with Acid Music.
This song went together in about an hour.
I used my own guitar processor with Martin's electric, then added a few synth lines with my wind controller, using Martin's synth.
This one is very Floydian - it reminds me of some of the songs from Obscured by Clouds.

Martin Schiff - Didgeridoo and production, David Hearn - Guitar and Wind Synthesizer
Copyright 2008, David Hearn and Martin Schiff

Lyrics

Instrumental
Meteor Storm

Song Story & Credits
This one was inspired by ELP's "KarnEvil 9". It will fool you at first, as it starts off very delicate, then a full orchestra comes in,
then the emotional guitar lead. I always wanted to play a guitar lead over an orchestra!
This is a transitional piece on "Encounter with Infinity".
Meteor Storm documents an actual event that occurred during the Perseid meteor storm of 1994.
We had several hundred people out at the astronomy club's dark sky observing site, complete with TV and radio coverage.
The SFX of the TV news broadcast really sets the song up well.

Music, Lyrics, and Sequencing: David Hearn. Martin Schiff - Didgeridoo.
Copyright 2000, David Hearn

Lyrics

As we gazed into the Milky Glow
of our Spiral Galaxy
Cosmic Messengers were approaching fast
from the depths of the Cosmic Sea
A million children ride the passing Comet's Tail
still far off in the cold Depths of Space
They would arrive this nigh
with an Awesome Light
and conclude their desperate chase
***
(Departure Chorus)
And they Screamed into the Atmosphere
trailing Flaming Tails of Fire
Out of the Northern Sky, the Wonders Mystified
then the intensity grew higher
A hundred thousand strong
you know they rush headlong
Like wild moths to a candle's flame
Like fireflies transformed into this Meteor Storm
one of Astronomical Fame
***
(Guitar Solo)
***
And the display went on all through the night
like an interstellar fantasy
the camera shutters flew
you know that we all knew
a show like this again we'd never see
Around the world that night the skies became alight
but millions did not even chance to see
the comet's children fly
in flashes cross the sky
cosmic travelers, wild and free
***
(SFX)
There's a good one - whoa, whoa, WHOA!
Best one of the night! (Clapping & cheers)
It's gonna be a good night - good night!
Right There! That was just two in about Five Seconds! There's a good
one. YO! That one was GOOD! They're all coming out of exactly the same
spot! There's another one, Dave. There we go - One Two! Peakin'! Peakin'! WHOA!
***
(Departure Chorus)
***
And in the afterglow of this astounding show
the children's fate was very clear
they must forsake their lives
when they cut like knives
through Our Planet's Atmosphere
***
(Guitar Solo)
Didge Rock

Song Story & Credits
This one came about when Martin asked me what a good chord progression would be to do a guitar & slide didge jam.
I told him that a descending line (a la "Comfortably Numb") is great. So Didge Rock was born. There's lots and lots of guitar soloing!

Martin Schiff - Slide Didge and Production, Dave Hearn - Guitar
Copyright 2000, David Hearn and Martin Schiff

Lyrics

Instrumental
Into the Light

Song Story & Credits
This song portrays the determined resolute feeling of a person who has just gotten out of a tough situation,
and has finally arrived at the Light at the End of the Tunnel.
This one is the antithesis of Procyon's Penance on the Orion Syndrome CD of the same name.
Although most of it is in a minor key, it has a feeling of relieved triumphance to it.

David Hearn: guitars, wind synth, arranging. Martin Schiff: didgeridoos, cosmic effects.
Copyright 2000, David Hearn and Martin Schiff

Lyrics

Instrumental
Procyon Systems Music Site
Copyright 2013 Procyon Systems.
All Rights Reserved.