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    Today NASA released recordings that were once considered top secret. It’s the sound of music heard by the Apollo 10 crew members way back in 1969 while orbiting earth. The sounds are still classified as unidentifiable but many theories abound. Could there actually be music in outer space? You decide…

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/21/world/far-side-moon-music/

     

     

     

     

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    Creating Music From The Sounds of Our Galaxy

    Regular readers of our blog will know that we love science almost as much as we like music. Whether we’re seeing singing and dancing NASA interns or learning about earthquake music, we love it!

     

    In late 2014, NASA released its vast sound library on SoundCloud that includes various noises from outer space to the ear-shattering sounds of liftoff to the historic communications that occurred from mission control—yes, “Houston, we have a problem” is included in the archive. Musicians are already having a field day with the free music samples including Davide Cairo and Giacomo Muzzacato.

     

    They challenged themselves and their musician friends to create original music from these sounds. What resulted was a four-song EP that is now free to download. According to Rolling Stone: “The musicians were required to only use the NASA samples but could twist and contort them anyway they pleased. For instance, the noise of the Kepler space observatory spacecraft in orbit was turned into a powerful bass noise.”

     

    We listened to the songs and were really impressed with the music. It’s definitely worth checking out.

     

    Cairo and Muzzacato’s challenge also seems to have left an imprint with the friends.

     

    “To me, the most fascinating thing about this project is working with something so unknown and far away, wrote one of the contributors who simply goes by JWCM. “The mystery of these sound’s origins really fascinate me; the time and distance they have traveled, the hidden messages that they might carry with them. All this make these sounds really magical to me. Making music from the sounds of NASA was like creating color from black and white; taking these ‘noises’ and turning them into a language that speaks to us as emotional beings.”

     

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    Promoting Science Through Music

    When we imagine the people who work for NASA, we think of rocket scientists who help us understand life outside of Earth. But do you know they also put out great music videos?

    Well, their interns do.

    Interns at Johnson Space Center in Texas have a unique tradition of creating funny parody videos with versions of “Gangnam Style” and the “Harlem Shake” that had us laughing. Now, they have come up with a twist to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” with “All About That Space.”

    The video have interns dancing among some pretty cool shoots of the space center. It’s a nice inside glimpse of their “office,” which many of us will never see for ourselves.

    And what exactly do they sing about? Here’s a sample:

     

    Hey they’re working so hard, don’t you love these NASA guys?

    They will take us so far the first time that Orion flies.

    You know we’re travellin’ to deep destinations ‘fore to long,

    So if that’s what you’re into then join in and ride along.

    I’m all about that space

    ‘Bout that space, space travel

    I’m all about that space

    ‘Bout that space, space travel

    I’m all about that space

    ‘Bout that space

    Hey!

     

    The video was meant to promote the test launch of Orion on Dec. 5, which worked on us. We discovered that Orion will someday take people deep in space, hopefully as fars as Mars! The test flight successfully circled the earth twice in just over four hours.

    Also, if you need more proof on how much scientists like music, check out this blog post!

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    Telling the Story of the Human Race Through Music

    If alien life forms ever discovered human existence, how would you describe our life to them?

    Interestingly enough, scientists pondered this question in the 1970s and we love that they thought music was an important aspect of human life.

    NASA scientists created the Golden Record, a time capsule of sorts, which is a 12-inch gold-plated copper phonograph disk strapped aboard Voyager I and II that is traveling in the outer edges of the solar system as we write this post (In fact, the probes have surpassed the distance of Pluto). The phonograph includes 115 images and sounds of nature and life on Earth photos as well as greetings in 50 different languages.

    However, the part we’re most interested in is the music. Scientists, led by famed astronomer Carl Sagan, filled the Golden Record with 90 minutes worth of music. Given the the decade, we are not surprised that it leans heavily toward Western music, especially European classical music such as Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” There’s also a nod to American including Louis Armstrong’s “Melancholy Blues,” Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” and Navajo night chants as well as music from Bulgaria, Peru and India. You can read the full list here.

    The Voyager missions are expected to end 2025 and no one yet knows if they will be replaced. Still, we like to think that scientists will create another time capsule for outer space as there are so many new songs and sights from plant Earth since the project was completed  in 1977. What songs would you add to the song selection? We think the next version should include more world music and we would like to hear more contemporary music. Would adding Outkast’s “Hey ya” and Paharrell’s “Happy” sound tless historical? We want alien life forms to think we’re a happy race, don’t we? What songs would you pick to describe humans?

     

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