Song 383 – I-15, Utah

By August 15, 2018Songs

When I was in China with Gary Jones, we would have dinner alone in the Zhou Xian BGP Guest House. Our conversations wandered. Gary is a very good piano and organ player. We had interpreted 3 alluvial fans in the Ji Ji Basin, where we were working on seismic data with the Landmark system. I drew a treble clef across a sketch of these three alluvial fans, and Gary named it “Three fans in D-Major.” Ever since those discussions I have been fascinated with the possibility of turning 3-D seismic surveys and geological cross sections into musical scores. So this song was a simple attempt at doing this by looking at the relative topography as you trace from the lowest part of I-15 south of St. George in the Arizona “gulch” (represented by an E and A chord), up to Leeds and Silver Reef (represented by D and G chords), up to Iron County, Kanarraville, Cedar City, Enoch, Summit, and Parowan (represented by G and C and F chords). I-15 goes from Mexico to Canada, or from San Diego to Alberta, starting down low and climbing the heights. The song goes on to Beaver, references Milford, down to Manderfield Road and Cove Fort, Meadow, Filmore, Holden, Scipio, Nephi, Mona, Santaquin, Payson, Spanish Fork, Springville, Provo, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Sandy, Murray, Salt Lake, Bountiful, Farmington, Ogden, and Brigham City. I would like to explore this concept with 3-D lightning analysis maps, detailed topography, etc. Someday?

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