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'Musical firsts in space'

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Subject: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 26 Dec 12 - 02:14 PM

From The Atlantic:

A Brief History of Musical Firsts in Space, by Rebecca J. Rosen
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has a new song out, a sweet Christmas melody laid over some solid guitar strumming. But if you listen carefully, you'll hear something else: a soft whir of fans in the background. Why? Because this song wasn't recorded in the constructed silence of a recording studio, but on the International Space Station as it orbited Earth at about 17,000 miles per hour, some 260 miles overhead.


There's a sound file at the article, more fun examples, and one sad one.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Haruo
Date: 26 Dec 12 - 03:11 PM

Thanks, Becky! Several very interesting pieces there.


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 26 Dec 12 - 03:32 PM

More here:
Science marries Art


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: GUEST,JHW unresettable cookie
Date: 26 Dec 12 - 03:42 PM

What about that flute player with the amazing hair?


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 26 Dec 12 - 05:50 PM

That was Cady Coleman, who recorded a duet with Ian Anderson -- there's a video at the article.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 13 May 13 - 01:49 PM

Not the latest of his viral videos, but one that shouldn't be missed here: Cmdr. Chris Hadfield on pickin' Larrivée Parlor in Space.

Here's the viral one ;-) -- A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Former Bowie band member and fellow Canadian Emm Gryner collaborated and wrote this about it on her blog:
When Chris brought up collaborating while he was on this current mission I of course said YES with a capital Y E S and we went back and forth for a while figuring out what our collaboration might entail. When he told me he wanted to cover Space Oddity I was over the moon - pardon the pun.

About 10 years ago, I had sung with David Bowie in his band. I was so young David used to say i was "pure as the driven snow" and he'd have to explain song lyrics to me very patiently like a Dad. He'd put up with me roller-sneakering all over the place and I'd adoringly listen to him tell wacky stories about the 70's. Mick Jagger would come to our shows and dance like a crazy drunk relative. Pete Townsend would pop into rehearsal. It was a magic time but we never did play "Space Oddity". It has always been one of my all-time favourite songs.

The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. i then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris' vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! mellotrons! fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his Soundcloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris' singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree.

And voila! An astronaut sings Space Oddity in space! I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. You wouldn't get too many chances to make a recording like this and not only that, to make music with someone who - through his vibrant communications with kids in schools to his breathtaking photos to his always patient and good-humoured demeanour - has done more for science and space than anyone else this generation. Planet earth IS blue, and there's nothing left for Chris Hadfield to do. Right.

Safe travels home Commander!


Hadfield returns to Earth today. Cuts in the Canadian space program mean that he may not return to space again. He's been an amazing ambassador for the ISS.

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 13 May 13 - 01:52 PM

David Bowie (or his representative) calls it "possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created".

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Amos
Date: 13 May 13 - 03:13 PM

Cmrd Hadley's "Jewel in the Night" , the first original song recorded on the space station. Bowie's song is better, though...


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Fossil
Date: 13 May 13 - 05:23 PM

But how - with the weight restrictions they have - did he get a guitar up there? And what sort of guitar was it - looks like a Martin, I think.

But how was it packed to survive the g-forces at lift-off and the ride up? I also noted that it had velcro patches stuck all over it, presumably for stowage in null-g conditions.

The "Major Tom" cover was certainly an amazing piece of work. He's not only a good singer but looks as if he knows his way around the guitar as well.

Happy landings, Chris!


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Subject: Spaced Out Musician (Chris Hadfield)
From: Jeri
Date: 13 May 13 - 07:08 PM

I almost titled this "Hey, Spaw" but I figured somebody else might like it too. Space Oddity, performed by Chris Hadfield, aboard the International Space Station.


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Subject: RE: Spaced Out Musician (Chris Hadfield)
From: gnu
Date: 13 May 13 - 07:14 PM

Gee... I must check to see if he made it back home. I think he was supposed to "eject" and become an earthling again today. What a fitting tribute. Apparently, his departure may have been delayed by the ammonia leak.


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Subject: RE: Spaced Out Musician (Chris Hadfield)
From: Acme
Date: 13 May 13 - 07:28 PM

I found that today on facebook and sent it out on my own page but also shared it on my library's facebook page. One of the Columbia shuttle astronauts who died on February 1, 2003, was Kalpana Chawla, who got her master's degree at my university. She returned regularly to support the aerospace engineering program, and we have a lot of NASA and astronaut groupies on our campus.

SRS


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 13 May 13 - 08:43 PM

A Larivee, Fossil. Check my link above, " Cmdr. Chris Hadfield on pickin' Larrivée Parlor in Space".

~ Becky in Long Beach
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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Kampervan
Date: 14 May 13 - 02:11 AM

Just landed safely according to our news programme.

Welcome home, great performance all round.


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 May 13 - 09:20 AM

thanks for the link to the performance -


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 14 May 13 - 02:04 PM

Hadfield is also a member of Max Q.
Max Q is a Houston-based rock band whose members are all astronauts. It was formed in early 1987 by Robert L. Gibson, George Nelson and Brewster Shaw. Gibson named the band after "max Q," the engineering term for the maximum dynamic pressure from the atmosphere experienced by an ascending spacecraft. He joked that like the Space Shuttle, the band "makes lots of noise but no music."

The band's rotating line-up often changes due to flight crew assignments, training, and the occasional retirement.


The Atlantic has a lovely set of images today for Hadfield fans.

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Acme
Date: 15 May 13 - 12:54 PM

Hadfield also performed the interesting experiment of wringing out a wet washcloth in space. It looked nothing like I'd expect. He has a great way of engaging the public interest in just what goes on in space and on the space station.

SRS


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Fossil
Date: 18 May 13 - 05:54 AM

Thanks Becky. of course, a Larrivee makes a lot of sense, given that Chris is a Canadian. Would love to know how they packed it though. And how it survived the inevitable dings and bangs in the space station for so long.

Interesting to hear him talk about the mechanics of playing a guitar in null-g, too. How you have to re-learn to use the frets as your arm has mass, but no weight, which affects the fingering.

What an interesting guy! He's now on my guest-list for the fantasy dinner-party. Should be a good conversationalist...


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 21 May 13 - 11:53 AM

The Canadian Astronaut's Accompanist - an interview by NPR with singer-songwriter Emm Gryner, another "Canadian treasure", says the author.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Dead Horse
Date: 21 May 13 - 03:15 PM

Has anybody done any experimentation as to what happens to the drool when a banjo player is in a zero gravity environment?


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Subject: RE: 'Musical firsts in space'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 07 Jun 13 - 09:07 AM

Just catching up on my xkcd and found a "What If?" entry about the music video: ISS Music Video, answering the question, "Is this the most expensive music video ever?" (The short answer is "No.")

Regarding the guitar, it's noted here that the guitar actually pre-dates Chris Hadfield's ISS stint. It's been available for anyone to use for a number of years, apparently.

- Becky in South Haven, MI (on the road)


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