Space themes have played a major part in shaping contemporary electronic music. New technologies and cosmological concepts are inextricably linked with popular music culture.
We’ve come a long way since the early cultural influences of recordings like Forbidden Planet and Telstar. The music of the future will be very different and probably completely alien to our present conceptions. Artificial Intelligence and the Creativity Machine have already opened the door to a new world, one most likely to be controlled by intelligent machines.
The trend of cult science fiction works spans all forms of creative media from books to music to films and the Internet. Our obsession with time past, present and future seems to be embedded in our cultural inheritance.
The common connections are feelings of wonder, inspiration, discovery, endevour, progress, transformation. These are the navigational qualities needed to deal with our sensations of the unknown, isolation, alienation and fear.
The following resources are a compilation/combination of these ideas and represent a step on the journey in our quest to survive the visitors from the planet Zogg.
Radio-Free-Mars.Org lets you create streaming playlists of space related audio. You can listen to news, interviews, lectures, audio books, music and more.
Contributors to the site are welcome so if you have content with a space theme you may be able to upload it. This could be useful to content creators looking for free hosting of MP3 files with space themes such as plays, stories and music compilations. Some of the audio pieces in the ‘plays’ area are read by voice synthesis software that are difficult to listen to because of the overly robotic sound. However it’s an interesting area that can be improved depending on the particular software being used.
HobbySpace.Com devotes a section of its site entirely to space music. MusicSpace celebrates music that is written for space exploration. Or is about space exploration. Or is played in space. Or makes you feel like you are in space. Or is actually from space. The site has a huge collection of space links including categories for movies, radio, multimedia and spacecasts. It’s a handy resource to start looking for anything space related.
BLUEMARS streaming ambient soundscapes and hypnotizing music from a selection of artists. The ideal accompaniment to your space browsing experience.
Space Audio presents the "sounds of space" collected by U Iowa instruments on various spacecraft. The site has audio features, archives and related links.
Space music records and notable performers
- Pere Ubu "It Came From Outer Space" a review of the live soundtrack performance to a rare 3-D screening of Ray Bradbury’s story.
- Sun Ra: Stranger from Outer Space — "In tomorrow’s world, men will not need artificial instruments such as jets and space ships. In the world of tomorrow, the new man will ‘think’ the place he wants to go, then his mind will take him there." — Sun Ra, 1956.
- Strange Sounds has some culturally significant examples of "space age pop" music with audio clips and cover art from the 1940s to 2000.
- T is for Themes takes a look at some space theme music and composers from British TV in the 1970s.
Space visualization projects
- Bob Sauls the primary 3D design force behind the development of the Strategic Visualization program for NASA.
- Online Mars Movies a bunch of QuickTime movies and animations from CMEX NASA.
- Images from 70s Space Exploration Era low quality vintage style photography extracted from a QuickTime movie and part of the analogik site.
- Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.
- MarsNews.Com all the latest space news from the Red Planet.
- TalkToAlien.Com the first service on earth that lets people transmit voice messages into space. A phone home service for ETs. Central Output Frequency: 2.43211 GHz.
- The Apollo 11 Sounds Page an audio record of the entire mission from Lift Off to Splash Down. Features streaming videos of the mission and moon landing.
Science and fiction
- Kubrick 2001: The Space Odyssey Explained an excellent Flash presentation providing an overview of the cult science fiction movie. A choice of languages is available. See also List of movies that have been considered the greatest ever.
- One: A Space Odyssey is a minute-long animated parody of Stanley Kubrick’s Sci-Fi masterpiece. The movie is made using Lego® pieces.
- Stephen Thaler’s Creativity Machine ADDING NOISE TO A NEURAL NET SPARKS INVENTION.
- Technovelgy.com inventions and ideas from science fiction books and movies.
- The Old Negro Space Program a ten-minute film by Ken Burns portraying the shocking-but-false story of America’s Blackstronauts. Via J-Walk blog.