Finally, I finished my first track that is almost entirely composed with the European Space Agency’s collected sounds from space – it was my concern ever since my colleague Daniel Scuka brought ESA’s Soundcloud channel to life and invited me to help him operate the platform, to continuously reach out for new sounds from within ESA and of ESA’s missions afar from Earth.
“Wailing and Failing” uses the following sounds from ESA’s Soundcloud (all of them are available under remixable Creative Commons licences):
- The Huygens Alien Descent Radar
- The Wailing Leonids
- Excerpt of ‘A Singing Comet’ by Tagirijus/Manuel Senfft
- The International Space Station siren
- Excerpt of Huygens’ landing on Titan
- ESA Cluster Whistler 2001
The track as a whole is derived from an improvisation with Live and my 11-year old daughter Rosa playing the drums along.
Update, 17 October 2015
I completely forgot to say that the aforementioned is inspired by the joint Bad Panda / Fabrica release 80UA where Francesco Novara & company produced four great tracks that entirely use the archive of (remixable, public domain) NASA sounds: