Inspired by the book “The Planets” by Dava Sobel.
"Welcome to the immersive soundscape of Keith Richie's "Sol Invictus," an auditory journey that seeks to encapsulate the celestial themes and complex narratives found within Dava Sobel's renowned book "The Planets."
Richie, known for his sublime and thought-provoking compositions, has often been hailed as a musician capable of crafting a universe of sound. "Sol Invictus" – Latin for "Unconquered Sun" – is no exception, acting as an homage to our own star and its immutable role as the celestial body around which our planet and life itself revolves.
Inspired by Sobel's ability to turn astronomy into poetry, Richie evokes a comparable lyricism through his melodies. His deft blending of electronic and orchestral elements in "Sol Invictus" mimics the fusion of science and story that Sobel achieved in her literary masterpiece, "The Planets."
The track is a sonic exploration of the sun's energy, its benevolence, and at times, its terrifying power. Each note, each beat mirrors the life-giving and at times, destructive capabilities of the sun. Just like Sobel's narrative, Richie's "Sol Invictus" fosters a sense of wonder and humility, reminding us of the cosmos's vastness and the sun's invincible place within it.
As you listen to "Sol Invictus," let the music guide you through the immense narrative woven by Sobel in "The Planets," and find yourself lost in the immense beauty and profound depth of the universe that surrounds us."
This song was originally released in 2008 on my album La famille du solénoïde as Giver of Life (Sol).
The album was inspired by the book "The Planets" by Dava Sobel.
The album was removed some time back, but in 2016, I tried to "re-vive" the album and bring it up to par with in sound quality and production values with what I was releasing at the time.
I had reached out to Ms. Sobel during that time, and after a few exchanges in email she has graciously given me permission to use quotes from the book in new videos I was putting together to promote the La famille du solénoïde album. However I had decided to remove that album, as noted, and bring it back to life in my Infinity project.
After much patience, I have now fully restored the opening track to the album and as such, titled it Sol Invictus. This will also be the launch track for Infinity Volume III.
Book Quotes used by permission from Dava Sobel.
Images Courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.
released December 11, 2021