Catalog No: FLX59
Title: Abduction of Europa
Sound Artist: ®
Visual Artist: Jean-François de Troy
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Label: Flux Records
Length: 1:00:01 (3601s)
Composed: 2016
Location: Los Angeles
Instruments: Atari Formula
Roland JV-1080
Release Date: 7/2/2016
Format: Digital
File Under: Post Classical


[ Abduction of Europa ]
In Greek mythology Europa was a Phoenician, from today’s Lebanon, and she came to Crete when Zeus carried her off across the sea. Zeus apparently looked like a white bull, however that did not stop him from flying over the waters with Europa on his back. More realistically, he just swam with Europa’s clothing acting as a sail of sorts, which turns the white bull into a ship. Phoenicians were known to be great sailors, besides holding the key to a future Europe with their alphabet. The distance between the Beirut airport in Lebanon and the Heraklion airport in Crete is 4 hours and 35 minutes today by plane. Given the nature of our mythological “Bovine Express”, it probably took an hour, that felt like an eternity to Europa. Once they arrived in Crete, whose Minoan civilisation was the last matrilineal in ancient Europe, they got busy and Europa had three sons fathered by Zeus: Minos, Rhadamanthus, and Sarpedon, who became the three judges of the underworld when they died. The foundation of European culture can now be thought of as a “Dreiklang”, a chord with three notes and if we follow the current state of affairs, it is a minor chord, with the octave, the fifth and the minor third as intervals in a diatonic scale. However, there are as many ways to tune a scale as there are cultures in Europe. What some regard as in tune, others dismiss as out of tune. These microtonal differences give rise then to the many ways a sail stretches under the changing pressures of the wind, a Phoenician sail in the shape of Pythagorean triangle riding on a white bull that allegorizes the Abduction of Europa.
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