Chicago Pile-1

Enrico Fermi


“There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.”

—Enrico Fermi


Chicago Pile-1 is an ambient piece developed through midi recording of change control data via a Korg MS2000 and applying that data to various software synthesizers in 27 note per octave tuning. The following software sound sources were used: ZETA+ 2.1, Absynth 5, Xenharmonic FMTS 1, and Kontakt 4 for percussive sounds. The DAW was Sonar X1.

Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1) was the world’s first man-made nuclear reactor. A much earlier natural reactor was found at Oklo in Gabon, Africa.

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