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Black Star: Free Musical Performance Based on The Discovery of Pulsars

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Grisey's Le Noir de I'Etoile. Artwork by Yellow Barn

On <b>Saturday, June 1, </b>&nbsp;there will be a free, outdoor music performance based on the discovery of pulsars takes place at&nbsp; <b> <a href="http://www.yellowbarn.org/locations/ranch-2810-marfa-tx" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Ranch 2810&quot;,&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;http://www.yellowbarn.org/locations/ranch-2810-marfa-tx&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000184-80f0-d6f8-a1cf-b6f4a2260000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;ff658216-e70f-39d0-b660-bdfe57a5599a&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000184-80f0-d6f8-a1cf-b6f4a2260001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;809caec9-30e2-3666-8b71-b32ddbffc288&quot;}">Ranch 2810</a>.&nbsp;</b>A pulsar&nbsp;is a highly magnetized, rotating neutron star that emits a beam of&nbsp;electromagnetic&nbsp;radiation.

Presented by <b>&nbsp;Yellow Barn </b>music group and a group of Marfa sponsors, the performance of Gérard Grisey's&nbsp; <i><b>Le noir de l'étoile&nbsp;</b></i>features six percussionists positioned surrounding the audience to create an immersive, spatial, musical experience. You can hear the <a href="http://marfapublicradio.org/blog/talk-at-ten/percussion-performance-under-the-stars-this-saturday/" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;KRTS interview here&quot;,&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;http://marfapublicradio.org/blog/talk-at-ten/percussion-performance-under-the-stars-this-saturday/&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000184-80f0-d6f8-a1cf-b6f4a2260002&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;ff658216-e70f-39d0-b660-bdfe57a5599a&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000184-80f0-d6f8-a1cf-b6f4a2260003&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;809caec9-30e2-3666-8b71-b32ddbffc288&quot;}">KRTS interview here</a>.

The performance starts at <b> 9:45 pm</b>. Guests are asked to arrive at the ranch gate, and park along the road, between 9 pm and 9:30 pm. Bring a flashlight in your car, as it will be dark. A bus will take audience members from the road to the performance site, and will return them to their vehicles. Visit <a href="http://www.yellowbarn.org/events/grisey’s-le-noir-de-l’etoile-marfa-tx" target="_blank" link-data="{&quot;link&quot;:{&quot;attributes&quot;:[],&quot;linkText&quot;:&quot;Yellow Barn&quot;,&quot;target&quot;:&quot;NEW&quot;,&quot;url&quot;:&quot;http://www.yellowbarn.org/events/grisey’s-le-noir-de-l’etoile-marfa-tx&quot;,&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000184-80f0-d6f8-a1cf-b6f4a2270000&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;ff658216-e70f-39d0-b660-bdfe57a5599a&quot;},&quot;_id&quot;:&quot;00000184-80f0-d6f8-a1cf-b6f4a2270001&quot;,&quot;_type&quot;:&quot;809caec9-30e2-3666-8b71-b32ddbffc288&quot;}">Yellow Barn</a> for more information.


In 1967, a young astronomer detected in the heavens a rapidly varying radio signal, in the form of periodic impulses 1.3 seconds apart. The discovery caused a sensation. The impulses were so regular that for a while they were taken to be signals coming from extraterrestrial civilizations.  Then astrophysicists revealed a truth that was just as surprising: the signals were being emitted by a pulsar, the fantastic compact residue created by the supernova explosions that long ago disintegrated the massive stars.

—Jean-Pierre Luminet, Astrophysicist at 
the Paris-Meudon Observatory