Chris Hadfield floats in zero gravity as he performs Bowie classic
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has become the first person ever to record a music video in space, filming his version of David Bowie‘s ‘Space Oddity’ from the International Space Station.
The video, which you can see above, was shot in space and sees Commander Hadfield singing the songs lyrics “Here am I sitting in a tin can, far above the world, Planet Earth is blue, And there’s nothing left to do” as he floats in zero gravity. The track has a full full arrangement, recorded by producer Joe Corcoran and piano arranger Emm Gryner back on earth but the guitar and vocals were recorded live in space.
Tweeting about his video, Hadfield wrote: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.”
With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World. youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9d…
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 12, 2013
Emm Gryner, who helped create the song Hadfield is performing, was a part of David Bowie’s live band around 2000 and wrote on her blog about her role. “The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. I then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris’ vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! mellotrons! Fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his Soundcloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris’ singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree. And voila! And astronaut sings Space Oddity in space! I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. You wouldn’t get too many chances to make a recording like this and not only that, to make music with someone who – through his vibrant communications with kids in schools to his breathtaking photos to his always patient and good-humoured demeanour – has done more for science and space than anyone else this generation. Planet earth is blue, and there’s nothing left for Chris Hadfield to do. Right. Safe travels home Commander!”
Meanwhile, David Bowie’s controversial new video has been branded “juvenile” by a former Archbishop of Canterbury.
The singer plays a Christ-like figure in the video for ‘The Next Day’, while his co-star Gary Oldman appears as a priest and Marion Cotillard is seen with blood gushing from her stigmata-studded hands. The video premiered yesterday (May 8) and was briefly banned from YouTube before being reinstated later in the day.
Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ video was directed by Floria Sigismondi, best known for writing and directing rock biopic The Runaways. It’s the third video spawned by Bowie’s comeback album, also called ‘The Next Day’, which debuted at Number One on the UK albums chart when it was released in March.
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