Space Music: DJ Food, Star Wars and Orbital TVs


Space music! Image via DJfood.org

First up, DJ Food unleashed an awesome "Star Wars" mix lasst week titled "The Tracks Go Off In This Direction..." and it features a full-blown AV component as well. Food has a post on the creation of the mix, but here's the video. Enjoy it now before the Empire blasts it:

I interviewed Food years back on the blog and he chatted a bit about "Star Wars" music and mixes, so it's especially cool to hear him go all-out on his own related mix. It's a solid 30 minutes of funky space music, assembled from material Food used in his gigs for Secret Cinema's "Star Wars" presentations over the summer.

Call You Home

You continually hear about various pop stars who want to make a music video in orbit. Usually, it's all about scheming to send a film crew up on a pricey commercial space flight. You could do that, sure, or you could follow director Joe Connors's lead and simply launch your gear into the upper atmosphere on a weather balloon. Here's his video for Kelvin Jones's "Call You Home."

Connor provides additional details on the Vimeo page, including this tidbit about the altitude achieved:

"I'm pleased to say that all TVs in this music video were harmed as they crash-landed back to earth. We sent the TV off from Snowdonia and it landed in Bury, Manchester - taking in my hometown of Warrington on the way which can be seen in the promo. I'm proud to say that the TV got 99.997% above the atmosphere - it cleared the Armstrong line by nearly double (Line is at 19km we got to 34km)."

Space Music is a continuous exploration of our expanding cosmos of sound, with a firm emphasis on electronic music. Explore years of posts right here, and sample a little of everything at the Space Music Sampler playlist on Spotify.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.