Thursday, April 25, 2013

Music, Earth to Space

The first ever space-to-Earth musical collaboration occurred on February 13, 2013. This endeavor was commissioned by and The Coalition for Music Education with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada. Col. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut who is currently living aboard the International Space Station (I.S.S.), Barenaked Ladies, and the Wexford Gleeks from Toronto’s Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts recorded a fantastic single called “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)." The song was co-written by Hadfield and Ed Robertson and explores what it's like to look down on the Earth from outer space. It will also be the official song for this year's edition of Music Monday, which takes place on May 6, 2013.

Here's the sheet music and lyrics courtesy of Music Monday:

Chris Hadfield has become a social media success and is one of the geeks you should be following on Twitter:

Also check out:

Debut of "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)" on CBC Music
CBC Music article: "Ed Robertson takes us behind the writing of 'I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)'"

Story via:

Laughing Squid: "Barenaked Ladies Record a Song with Astronaut Chris Hadfield, First Ever Space-to-Earth Musical Collaboration"
Wired: "Astronaut Chris Hadfield Records Single (From the ISS), With Earthbound Barenaked Ladies"

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