Photon Ecstasy is a growing catalog of compositions that engages music, sound, science fiction, and interactive light. It is an expansion of the mythology created by Dan Rose in his artist book, The DNA-Photon Project, which tells the story of a top-secret government project that converted the DNA of a young woman into photons and beamed them out to the stars in order to mate with intelligent life and expand humanity into the far future universe.
Photon Ecstasy allows l’Ao to collaborate and connect with musicians, artists, engineers, and designers. The first installment, Photon Ecstasy (HD 7924), was commissioned by and premiered at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center in conjunction with the exhibition of Dan Rose’s artist books, Plaisirs Arbitraires | Arbitrary Pleasures (October 2016). New York Arts wrote that with repeated listenings “there’s more to be moved and impressed by, to learn from….”
In 2017, l’Ao joined New Renaissance Artist Elizabeth A. Baker for a collaborative performance of Photon Ecstasy (DP Leonis b), which premiered at The Florida International Toy Piano Festival. Other recent collaborations include Photon Ecstasy (Kepler-19) with the Bowers-Fader Duo, Photon Ecstasy (Kepler-37) with artist Nicole Antebi, and Photon Ecstasy (HD 219134) with bass clarinetist Tom Piercy.
We do not want only to communicate with extraterrestrial intelligence, we want to mate with it.
For humans, the currency of the universe is light.
Life has been found elsewhere in the universe.
The people of Earth want to be the first to unite their DNA with the beings of other planets.
Humans conceive a project to use light to transmit human DNA to the trillion-trillion worlds of the universe.
Once the DNA unifies, the resulting beings will then intervene and shape the evolution of the far future universe.
The First Earth Project is to seed the billion worlds of this galaxy, the Milky Way.
A young woman volunteers to be the initial photon traveler broadcast to the planets of nearby star systems.
— Dr. Dan Rose, The DNA-Photon Project