Category Archives: Space Music

Space Songs – Live concert from Air & Space Museum

The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is hosting an online space music event tonight at 8:00 pm EDT: Space Songs: Through the Distance

Join the National Air and Space Museum Thursday, April 30 at 8 pm EDT for a YouTube concert event, sharing songs about space and isolation to celebrate how extreme situations can bring out the very best in us all and why there’s no challenge we can’t face together. This recorded concert, hosted by Tested’s Adam Savage, will feature special guests and performances by Sting, Clipping, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Dan Deacon, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson, Grace Potter, and Vagabon.

We know that people love space. And it’s not just because of Moon rocks and pretty pictures of the cosmos. Space exploration is an extraordinary expression of humanity and can inspire us like nothing else.

Naturally, there are a lot of great songs about spaceships and astronauts—about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances And many artists use solitude to fuel creativity and experimentation. We could all use a little bit of that inspiration right now. So while our museum remains closed to the public, we want to share some songs that inspire us with viewers at home.

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See You In Orbit?:
Our Dream Of Spaceflight

A (spacey) music break

A selection of music videos having nothing whatsoever to do with spaceflight but they do use spacey words in the titles and if nothing else I like the music:

** Planets – Joseph

** The Secret Kissing of the Sun and Moon – Hang Massive

** Bright Stars Burning – Hey Marseilles

** Clair de Lune – Debussy

** Dance On The Moon – Aurora

** Rising for the Moon – Sandy Denny

** Age Of The Fifth Sun – God Is An Astronaut


Shoot for the Moon:
The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

Videos: A space music sampling

A selection of space inspired music:

** Walk On The Moon AgainDavid Holt

** ConstellationsJim Cuddy

** View From SpaceMuriel Anderson

Muriel Anderson performs “View From Space” on harp guitar, during her “All Star Guitar Night” charity event [2009] at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

** Pulsar musicРоскосмос ТВ

Pulsar music based on the data obtained from the Spectr-R space telescope and the Radioastron project. Pulsar is a rapidly rotating ultra high-density neutron star left over from a supernova explosion. Pulsar signals could be used as time references and navigation for satellites. By converting the frequency of pulsar signals into sound waves, you can compose music. Spectr-R is a space observatory launched in 2011. It was in orbit for 8 years, surpassing its warranty period by more than 2.5 times. The Radioastron project made a great contribution to the research of pulsars.

** WORLD CLUB DOME Space Edition 2019Taking electronic dance music out of this world – ESA

On Friday 7 June, ESA began a three-day starring role at the World Club Dome electronic dance music festival. Billed as the Space Edition, this event is the latest stage of an 18-month partnership with BigCityBeats, the company behind the show. This year’s festival featured Armin van Buuren, Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki and David Guetta among its star performers – as well as a 28-m high model of an Ariane 5, which dominated the main stage.

World Club Dome Space Edition was inaugurated with a spectacular light and music show for the crowd of 55 000 music fans. The programme recounted the history of human space exploration and highlighted ESA’s many achievements. ESA astronauts André Kuipers and Matthias Maurer took to the stage to recount their experiences and their hopes for the future.


Muriel Anderson

Videos: More space music

A miscellaneous sampling of space music:

** Ariana Grande wants space though it’s primarily about room in a relationship:

More about her song:

**A nicely assembled montage of space clips for Space Song by Beach House:

“Space Song” with footage from NASA and Space X. (Made me so proud to be human I almost cried.) from r/space

** A paean to the Falcon Heavy from Time Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut, on the occasion of the recent one year anniversary of the launch system’s first flight: “27 Merlins” Music composed to Falcon Heavy’s sequence of events:

** An In-Orbit & Ground Duo from a few years ago:

** A medley of filk space music:

** Spotify’s space music at Spotify: Hottest 100 Space Songs – Spotify


The Cosma Hypothesis: Implications of the Overview Effect

OK Go contest to send student “art experiments” to space on Blue’s New Shepard

The band OK Go is hosting the Art In Space contest in which a “student art experiment” will fly to space on the Blue Origin‘s suborbital New Shepard rocket vehicle. OK Go is partnering on the contest with the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St Thomas, and sponsor Cognizant Technology Solutions. Here is the contest announcement from Cognizant

What would happen if an art experiment was launched into space? That’s the question that Grammy award-winning rock band OK Go is hoping to answer through its non-profit venture OK Go Sandbox.

In partnership with the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas, the band is inviting students ages 11 to 18 to submit ideas for art experiments that will take place aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft. Blue Origin’s New Shepard is a reusable spacecraft designed to take payloads — and someday, people — into suborbital space. As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting creativity and inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math, Cognizant is sponsoring the “Art in Space” contest.

“Cognizant helps our clients across industries – including healthcare, life sciences, banking, retail, energy and technology – solve some of the world’s most complex challenges, and we will look to the next generation of creative thinkers to further our work,” said Jim Lennox, Cognizant’s Chief People Officer. “The resources provided by OK Go and Playful Learning Lab to help teachers inspire students is so important. We look forward to seeing how young minds around the world respond to the ‘Art in Space’ challenge.”

Students from around the world are invited to submit their project ideas; the deadline to enter is May 6. To read the contest guidelines and to learn more, click here.

The contest is the latest public involvement initiative at the band’s OK Go Sandbox project.

OK Go wants to put your student art experiment on a spaceship!

OK Go thinks creativity is all about the joy of experimentation.

Making a music video in microgravity was one big experiment. 

We tried all sorts of creative ideas and put them to the test within the limitations of physics and gravity.

Now we want you to try, but in actual space! The Art in Space contest invites your creative art and science minds to dream up your own cool experiments to send into suborbital space onboard the New Shepard spacecraft.

All you need is a great idea — if you win, our experts will help build it.

Got questions? We’ve got answers* (some answers, the rest are up to you!)

The band is well known for the innovative videos for their songs. Here is one filmed on an airplane that flew parabolic trajectories to product short periods of weightlessness:

More about the contest:


Brief Answers to the Big Questions – Stephen Hawking