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International Space Orchestra Record Currently Aboard ISS

The International Space Orchestra’s first record, Ground Control: An Opera in Space, is currently orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. The record was produced at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ studio, where Star Wars was developed.

The International Space Orchestra is currently working on a score for their next feature film: The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking. Several members of the Intelligent Systems Division are musicians in the International Space Orchestra and have been supporting this innovative outreach activity, bringing the excitement of space and science to new audiences. Documenting a submersible expedition 11km under the sea and an encounter with our biological archeology, the film is part 2001: A Space Odyssey and part Viking saga. The film explores the fields of astrobiology, terraforming, and the research of extremophiles. Currently the score is in the pre-production stage. The film is slated for release in 2017.

BACKGROUND: For the performance Ground Control: An Opera in Space, Nelly Ben Hayoun (NBH) Studio assembled a group of NASA space scientists and astronauts to participate in a musical retelling of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. The piece premiered in front of the world’s largest wind tunnel, 80x 120 feet, at NASA Ames Research Center on September 6t, 2012, and at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall with a live performance featuring Beck in front of 2,700 people in May of 2013.

The International Space Orchestra, directed, created, and co-produced by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studio, is an experiential and hybrid research laboratory, where space scientists have been invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in control rooms. It is a provocation to action: a call to imagine and disrupt future human relations to science; to adapt science to our creative needs.

TEAM: International Space Orchestra team:

COLLABORATORS: Northrop Grumman and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition


Contact: Sarah Groves Hobart

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