The International Space Orchestra has Lifted Off!

By Nelly Ben Hayoun

On 4th August 2013, two ArduSat (Arduino based Nanosatellite run by the company Nanosatisfi) launched from Japan, carrying all the way to the stars, the ISO's recordings of Ground-control: An Opera in Space!

ISO on Nanosatisfi

Watch the launch Video below:

On 4th August, the Two ArduSat carrying the ISO recordings were launched aboard the H-II transfer vehicle, HTV-4 from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Centre.

The broadcast of Ground-Control: An Opera in Space (27min) will be released by radio waves and morse code. One ArduSat will be broadcasting the voice, the other one the musical part, just like a real 'space' orchestra. The International Space Station (ISS) launching of the two ArduSat will not be immediate after the rocket launch. It will depend on the ISS schedule. The broadcast will be radio waves and morse code. Time and Dates will be confirmed soon!

Official launch press release: http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2013/05/20130521_h2bf4_e.html
Delivery Module: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-II_Transfer_Vehicle
Rocket: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-IIB

Detail of the ‘space’ concert:

GROUND-CONTROL: AN OPERA IN SPACE performed by the ISO (International Space Orchestra)
1-PRELUDE: APOLLO MISSION CONTROL IN HOUSTON Ground Control: A Neil Armstrong Tribute Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts. Music composed by Evan Price

2_THE BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE BY BOBBY WOMACK PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR The Bravest Man In The Universe Music and lyrics by Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Harold Payne and Richard Russell. Arranged by Mike Smith for the International Space Orchestra

3_SCENE 1: COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA DROPOUTS Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts.

4_WOW! SIGNAL – 1420 FANFARE BY ARTHUR JEFFES PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR Wow Signal – 1420 Fanfare Music and lyrics written by Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Café with additional orchestration by Vincent Greene and Evan Price.

5_INTERLUDE: AURAURA CHORALIS BY ARTHUR JEFFES PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR Auraura Choralis Written by Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Café with additional orchestration by Eric Tuan

6_SCENE 2: COMPUTER ALARMS Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts.

7_KIMI WA EPURON, BOKU WA PANTARON BY NOVMICHI TOSA, PRESIDENT OF MAYWA DENKI, PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR Kimi Wa Epuron, Boku Wa Pantaron Maywa Denki, Novmichi Tosa, arranged for the International Space Orchestra by Satoru Wono with additional orchestration by Evan Price

8_SCENE 3: LOW FUEL AND LANDING Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts.

9_THE KEPLER ARIA ARR EVAN PRICE, LYRICS BY BRUCE STERLING AND JASMINA TESANOVIC. PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR The Kepler Aria, based on “Polyushko Polye” by Lev Knipper and Viktor Gusev. Music arranged by Evan Price for the International Space Orchestra, lyrics by Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic

Details: Recorded at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ Studios (September 2012)

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Read the rest at: http://cosmicdiary.org/nbenhayoun/2013/08/03/the-international-space-orchestra-is-in-space/