Theatre Of Delays – Alpha (Vangelis Cover)
He’s back. Hurrah. After a load of recent remixes, Theatre of Delays produces a cover version. Of Vangelis. This is cosmic synth disco. This is optimistic with its ascending chords. This is lovely. Free download. You’d be mad not to.
Originally released in 1976, Alpha comes from Vangelis’ second album Albedo 0.39. It’s a track that has been used regularly on TV, including, perhaps inevitably, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series. Theatre of Delays slightly extends the original and leaves us with a tune that can’t help but leave you euphoric.
As for Alpha Centauri, all we know is that apart from being the closest star system to Earth’s, (4.1 light-years northwest of earth) Alpha Centauri is home to both a local planning department office of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council and a race of small furry creatures (who, during the times of the Galactic Empire, “were real small furry creatures”). It has a rough, bumpy surface and sixteen cities (the fifteenth one is one of the best places to buy a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster), and is also inhabited by super-intelligent lizard squirrels. Its main spaceport, Port Brasta, has a massive duty-free shopping mall, the motto of which is, “be like the twenty-second elephant with heated value in space — bark!” This slogan contains an ingenious pun in Centaurian that the natives find hilarious.
Blurb: here a little story about Alpha Centauri: Early computer-generated models of planetary formation predicted the
existence of terrestrial planets around both Alpha Centauri A and B, but most recent numerical investigations have shown that the gravitational pull of the companion star renders the accretion of planets very difficult  Despite these difficulties, given the similarities to the Sun in spectral types, star type, age and probable stability of the orbits, it has been suggested that this stellar system could hold one of the best possibilities for harbouring extraterrestrial life on a potential planet.