Released: October 13th 2007, By Groove Unlimited
This is my first album. I selected 'AeroDynamics' as the main theme and also the name for this album. During my involuntary military duty I served in the Dutch air force, where I was a mechanic on F-16 fighter planes. I got quite some education before I was able to perform this task. One of the classes I enjoyed a lot was aerodynamics and since then I have always been fascinated with the aerodynamic aspect of race cars and airplanes. So all tracks on this album are about cars, planes or aerodynamic phenomena related to the theme. The album was released by Groove Unlimited on the 13th of october 2007.
These samples are just low quality mp3 demos. The quality on the CD is much better! The whole is 68 minutes long and holds 12 tracks!
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|Inspired by my big passion Formula 1. I am a real fan and watch every race on television. I even get up at night when they are racing on another continent. Once a year I just have to visit a race in real life to hear the most beautiful engine sound there is. I have always been a fan of the Ferrari team. This team is called 'Scuderia Ferrari' where 'Scuderia' is just the Italian word for 'team'.
|Inspired by a phenomena closely related to Formula 1. It is the aerodynamic effect called 'DownForce'. It has the the opposite effect of a wing on an airplane. Race cars are literally sucked to the ground by the wings on them. A Formula 1 car produces so much downforce that it could theoretically drive up-side-down in a tunnel. Downforce helps the race cars to stick to the racetrack at speed of 350 km/h and also give more grip during cornering.
|Inspired by a car manufacturer from a little Italian town called Maranello. Off course I'm talking about the world famous factory of the Ferrari company. Ferrari has such a rich history in motor racing and in my opinion produce the best and certainly the most beautiful road cars in the world. The engine of a Ferrari doesn't make noise but it sings to you in my opinion. My personal dream is to ever own a Ferrari myself.
|Inspired by another aerodynamic effect that occurs when a jet plane goes faster than the speed of sound. When an plane travels through the air, it creates waves in the air just like a boat in the water. The waves eventually cannot get out of the way, resulting into a single shock wave at the speed of sound, that can be heard as an loud explosion on the ground. The speed where this happens is known as Mach 1 (approximately 1195 km/h).
|Inspired by the aerodynamic phenomena called 'Drag'. It is the resistance that slows down an object because of friction with the air. Drag is difficult in motor racing. Setting more wing on a race car gives more grip and makes cornering faster, but increases drag which makes the car slower on the straight. In Drag racing the objective is to go as fast as possible in a straight line. So wing settings are completely different from circuit cars.
|Inspired by an aerodynamic effect that describes the disturbed airflow called 'Turbulence' behind an race car moving at high speed. There is actually a gap in the air behind the car, creating a lower pressure with air moving in all directions. Driving a race car closely behind another car gives a lower drag because of this, but also reduces downforce. Because of this you don't see Formula 1 cars driving too close behind another because they loose grip.
|Inspired by the aerodynamic effect that happens when a plane flies to slowly or the angle of the wing is too high. The wing will not function anymore and will lose its lift. The plane will fall down if this happens. When a plane lands on the runway it is always balancing on this state trying to reduce as much horizontal speed as possible while maintaining lift to descend with minimal vertical speed.
|Inspired by another famous Italian car manufacturer from a town called 'Modena'. Modena is the town where the Maserati factory is located and where also a lot of Ferrari parts are produced. Maserati is world famous for its beautiful GT (Gran Turismo) cars. A GT car is not as hard and fast as a sports car but designed to drive long and comfortable at high speeds. Maserati has also a rich race history and is really strong in the FIA GT now.
|The main theme of this album is 'AeroDynamics'. Aerodynamics is the study of air flowing around objects. It is a very important science if you want to develop something like an airplane or a race car. In the past only wind tunnels where used to do this. A wind tunnel long pipe with huge ventilators on the end to create airflow. Smoke was put in the air to visualize the airflow. Nowadays very sophisticated computer programs are used to simulate all this.
|Inspired by the F-16 fighter plane I worked on. Each fighter plane has a nickname coming from the animal world. The F-16 is called 'Falcon' by the pilots. It is a very light and very maneuverable fighter plane that can carry out many different tasks. For flying it is completely depending on computer controlled hydraulics. The planes wings don't create a enough of lift by itself though, so without an engine and computers it would fall from the sky.
|Inspired by the wind blowing past race cars and planes called 'AirFlow'. This airflow can also be used for something else though, like creating music. Think about instruments like a flute, a saxophone or a clarinet. So you cannot only visualize airflow but also audiolize it this way :) In this track you hear a distorted computer modeled flute that represents the airflow that is involved in all aerodynamic phenomena covered on this album.
|Inspired by the aerodynamic phenomena that actually makes planes fly. The shape of a wing makes the air go faster over the wing than under the wing, which creates a force upwards, which lifts the plane up. The first airplane that used this construction was conceived on December 17th in 1903 by the Wright brothers. It also featured the now so commonly used three axis control with ailerons: moving parts in the wings that steer the airplane.