Category Archives: Space Music

Music video: “The Soundtrack of the Universe” by Daniel Voth

Check out this video of marvelous astronomical sights accompanied by guitarist Daniel Voth‘s Soundtrack of the Universe –

From the entry at Candy Rat Records:

The Soundtrack of the Universe’ is an 8-section, 30-minute long, progressive, acoustic-guitar suite from Daniel Voth’s upcoming full-album release ‘Trancendence’.

‘The Soundtrack of the Universe’ features Voth’s darkly melodic playing style and world-class compositional ability. Interwoven throughout are trance-like tapping patterns, piercing harmonics, huge tribal percussive hits, and strumming patterns that build and crescendo at epic heights. The celestial guitar score is supported by lush violin/cello arrangements and powerfully resonant bass lines.

The piece, as a whole, was composed to represent an audial journey through space and time. It asks the listener to envision his/her purpose as part of the seeming infinity we are confronted with when we look up at the stars.

‘The Soundtrack of the Universe’ was engineered, mixed and mastered by Antoine Dufour at his studio in Montreal, Canada. It also features Russian virtuoso Maria Grigoryeva on strings, Nathan Navarro on bass, Luke Notary on percussions and Moto Fukushima also on bass. In addition, gravitational sound waves produced by the LIGO observatory are sampled and layered throughout.

Finally, perhaps the greatest contribution, is a speech orated by the late Carl Sagan, entitled ‘Pale Blue Dot.’ It is a humbling message contained therein about the vastness of space and the insignificance of many of the conflicts endured by humanity on Earth. As a contribution to the legacy left behind by this great man, 10% of the sales of ‘The Soundtrack of the Universe’ are donated to his space foundation.

The making of the OK Go video in weightlessness

This article explains how the OK Go music video for Upside Down & Inside Out (see earlier post) was made using a Russian aircraft flying parabolic trajectories: How OK Go Made That Amazing Zero-G Video – Jalopnik.

This video also is about the making of the Upside Down… video:

[ Update: The original 30+ minute video went down due to copyright issues. Here is a shorter one about the making of the video.

See also this translated press release from S7 Airlines about the video: Group OK Go and S7 Airlines [make] the first professional music video in weightlessness – S7 Airlines (Google Translate) –

Interesting facts from the set … :
* 3 weeks filming
* 21 flight
* 70 Staff
* 15 professional instructors
* 2 professional air gymnasts
* Crane with a telescopic 7-meter boom, in which the camera was mounted
* about 2000 balls and other props units, which were used during the training and survey flights
* 2 KAMAZ [trucks] for transportation of scenery


This video shows outtakes of several attempts to do the final scene with the paint-filled balloon:

Video: OK Go makes music weightlessly

Here’s a cool music video of the song Upside Down & Inside Out from the band OK Go. It was filmed on a S7 Airlines aircraft flying a series of parabolic trajectories, which provide periods of 20-25 seconds of weightlessness.

[ Update: This is the third video link I’ve posted here. The other two were each disconnected eventually due to copyright issues with OK Go’s record company. I hope this is finally the official video:


As seen in this diagram, the “zero-g” periods are when the plane coasts over the top of the ballistic trajectory. You pay for this when the plane pulls up and your weight nearly doubles.


Usually people lay down flat during those heavy times. I had assumed the video makers had done an excellent job of  weaving a series of segments seamlessly together to make it look like a continuous performance. However, articles about the video say it was actually shot in one continuous take. The band members and stewardess actors steadfastly stood or sat upright and tolerated the extra weight without changing their expressions. It took a lot of planning and practice to make this video.

[ Update 2: Yep, that’s what they did: Behind-The-Scenes Of OK Go’s Zero Gravity “Upside Down & Inside Out” Video – Stereogum

An Il-76 MDK airplane is capable of flying in parabolic maneuvers to generate brief periods of weightlessness, but these periods only last up to 27 seconds, and the song is over three minutes long. “Because we wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, we shot continuously over the course of eight consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total,” explains Trish Sie, who directed the clip with her brother, OK Go frontman Damien Kulash, Jr. “We paused the action, and the music, during the non-weightless periods, and then cut out these sections and smoothed over each transition with a morph.”

Update: Watching the video again, it is obvious that it was not a continuous take. One can see where a weightless period ends and then immediately continues into another weightless segment. So they have edited out most of the time that the performers were weighed down.]

Articles about the video:

“The Astronaut’s Tale” – New opera premiers in New York

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is presenting the new opera  The Astronaut’s Tale, Jan.28-31.


Presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre

Breathtaking images of the galaxies and outer space ignite this modern tale of a young man who dreams of space travel and flying to Mars. Guided by a mysterious stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to become an astronaut, the young man discovers romance and a drive to succeed, which catapults his blast off into space, transforming his life. With stunning projections, an exciting percussive score for chamber orchestra, and gorgeous vocal music, The Astronaut’s Tale is a luminous glimpse at a multidimensional universe and the majesty of outer space. 

Music by Charles Fussell
Libretto by Jack Larson
Directed by Nancy Rhodes
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison

Sets by Stephen H. Carmody
Projections by Lianne Arnold
Costumes by Angela Huff
Lighting by Sarah Johnston

Additional details about the work can be found at The Astronaut’s Tale – Encompass New Opera Theatre.

See also: ‘The Astronaut’s Tale’: New Opera Celebrates Space with Awesome Visual Displays –


Space Music: Suzerain covers ‘Space Oddity’ to mark Tim Peake’s spaceflight

The band Suzerain released a cover of David Bowie’s song Space Oddity in honour of Astronaut Tim Peake‘s launch to the International Space Station on Tuesday: Space Oddity (David Bowie Cover) by SUZERAIN

Peake is the first “official” UK government supported astronaut to go to space. Here is a video of his Soyuz rocket lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  In the Soyuz spacecraft with Peake were Expedition 46-47 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA Flight Engineer Tim Kopra

And here is a video of the Soyuz spacecraft approaching and docking with the ISS six hours after launch: