Congratulations to Brass Band Buizingen and luc Vertommen on a breath taking rendition of `When Worlds Collide’ at the Lemmensinstituut, Leuven, Belgium (07/10/12).

I have tried to recreate the atmosphere and sentiment of the American cult Sci-Fi movies of the 1950’s such as Robert Wise’s 1951 film `The day the Earth Stood Still’ and `Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ directed by Don Siegel in 1956, as well as Rudolph Maté’s 1951 film `When Worlds Collide’.

The British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking talked about the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life in a recent documentary for the Discovery Channel. Hawking said that in his opinion there is little doubt that amongst the 100’s of billions of stars in the Cosmos there should be planets capable of sustaining life.To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational…The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like”. Hawking continued, “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.” Hawking believes it could have devastating consequences to life on Earth if we made contact with intelligent visitors from outer of space “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

See and hear three short clip of Brass Band Buizingen performing Nigel Clarke’s
`When Worlds Collide’