As a former molecular biologist, TomKern came to music making late in life, when, standing in front of Gerhard Richters Juni in Berlins Neue Nationalgalerie, while listening to Dominik Eulbergs "Der Zug der Kraniche" on his headphones, the persistent urge struck him to "Paint with sound......live!".
In the five years that have passed since, every waking hour has been ancillary to achieving this goal. Leading him from the early dark ambient sound-scapes of his first album to the currently realized rhythmical sound-scapes aiming to revive the shamanistic moment in electronic dance music.
One of his main objectives is to take the listener onto long fantastic journeys, visiting real and imagined places within his mind, on our planet or on any of the uncounted other ones out there. Shaping and reshaping his elaborate sound creations into wondrous stories of brave new worlds waiting to be discovered. Advanced escapism from our dire times, if you will.
During the warmer seasons, TomKern, as a co-founder of the FreeOpenAir crew Oscillating.Space, can often be found playing his narrative creations in the beautiful parks of Berlin for everyone to enjoy freely with other friendly dancers under wide open summer skies.
As the sun sets over Aeolis Mons, located at the center of Gale crater and created by sediments that were once laid down by rivers and streams that may have provided favorable conditions for microbial life 3.5 billion years ago, its light scatters off the fine particles distributed by one of Mars' common dust storms. This permits the short wave length blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than the light of other colors, which gets dispersed more widely, resulting in this beautiful, blueishly tinted sunset.
The plunging canyon, known as Chasma Boreale is a 500 km-long, 2 km-deep trench that cuts Mars' north polar ice cap in two. It is thought to be a relatively old formation that formed long before the distinctive spiral features surrounding it.
These features made of frozen carbon dioxid and water ice form when in the winter season temperatures on Mars' north polar ice cap get cold enough for around 30 percent of the carbon dioxide in its thin atmosphere to precipitate alongside water ice onto the cap, adding a seasonal layer of up to a meter in thickness. Strong winds then shape the ice spirals over time, twisting them via the same Coriolis force that causes hurricanes to spiral on Earth.
Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies a basin with a diameter of about 2,050 miles. Aptly named Utopia Planitia, or "plains of paradise", it results from a major impact early in Mars' history.
Over the aeons water vapor, condensed from the extremely thin atmosphere as snow and weighed down by frozen carbon dioxide, filled this basin, which now harbors as much water as what is contained in Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes.
Concerning the foundation of a future human settlement on Mars it may just be the most suited site yet found.