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SETI AIR Newsletter - August 2023

SETI AIR Newsletter - August 2023

SETI AIR Newsletter




Bettina Forget

What would you do on the day you received news that we had confirmed first contact with an alien civilization? Party? Panic? Pray? What about a month later, or a year, or ten years? Would everything you knew about yourself profoundly change, or would you just get used to the idea and continue with your daily life? During their time with the AIR program, composer Daedelus contemplated this scenario and set it to music, resulting in the album Xenopocene. Find out more about this fascinating project below.

Make sure to browse the News and Events section for links to podcasts, articles, and exhibition news from our AIRs.

Wishing you clear skies,

Artist Spotlight

Daedelus. Image credit: Garl Askew.


Trailblazing artist, DJ, and producer Daedelus recently released their album Xenopocene, which imagines the first 10,000 days after first contact with an alien civilization. The album’s title borrows from the term Anthropocene, the unofficial name for the epoch when human activity began to significantly impact the Earth’s climate and ecosystems. Xenopocene’s eleven tracks trace a narrative from Contact - Day 0 to Lightness - Day 10k, and end with a voyage to the nearest exoplanet 6,000 years away. Daedelus’ musical influences range from Gustav Holst to Sun Ra, weaving inspirations from Alice Deejay and Amon Tobin.

“This is Earth music made to dream upwards” ~ Daedelus

Listen to Xenopocene on Bandcamp, where you can also pledge for a colourful vinyl version of the album, complete with a custom zoetrope animated slip mat.

Xenopocene Album

Daedelus has released over 20 LPs as well as countless EPs and remixes, and has played over 1,000 live shows on 6 continents. They are currently Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston as a founding faculty member of the new Electronic Digital Instrument program.






Xenopocene: The First 10,000 Days After First Contact




SETI AIR Artist News & Events


Adriana Knouf Exhibition

Adriana Knouf

Adriana’s project TX-1 was selected for the Lumen Prize Longlist!

Exhibition from July 7 - September 10, 2023
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY, USA


Bettina Forget - Leavitt Crater

Bettina Forget

The Lifecycle of Celestial Objects Pts 1 & 2

Macintosh Gallery
Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
September 21 - December 8, 2023
Rename the Moon workshop:
September 21, 2023


Charles Lindsay on Edge of AI Podcast

Charles Lindsay

Edge of AI (Podcast): Can AI Achieve Enlightenment?

Exploring Machine Consciousness with SETI AIR Founder Charles Lindsay


A Sign in Space "ET Signal"

Daniela de Paulis

Can You Decode an Alien Message?

Article in Scientific American about Daniela’s project A Sign in Space


UA Campus

Jonathon Keats

UA project builds climate resilience through food

Article about Jonathon’s project Tasting Tomorrow



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