To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the single ‘Space Oddity,’ and to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, EMI in 2009 released a special digital EP featuring four different versions of the song and eight mono multitrack stems from the recording session.
According to David Bowie’s website, the reason the stems were released was so fans could have the chance to create their own remix of the song.
Apparently, I missed news of this release back in 2009 because, up until last October, I wasn’t even aware the digital EP existed. (Unless I did hear about it and then forgot to download it, which is also just as likely.)
I started fiddling around with the stems in Audition late last year, but due to work and other commitments, it just kind of fell by the wayside and I never finished anything.
After David Bowie passed away last month, I tried messing around with the stems again to see if I could finish something that sounded half decent.
It’s not an acoustic remix, as there’s a Mellotron, stylophone, and electric guitar in it, but there is no drums or bass guitar.
I don’t really know what you could call it, remix-wise. It’s not totally different, as I wanted to see if I could make it sound, sorta, like the original.
Sorta different? Sorta the same? Whatever? Who cares?
A few years ago I decided to answer the long-asked question “what would happen if you synced Apollo launch footage with David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars?’
Don’t you even try to deny it, because I know you’ve asked question that at least once in your life.
You haven’t? Oh..
Well, anyway, it turns out it looks pretty neat.
The original version of the video was cut back in 2011. This one, posted here, is a re-cut I made this month. The old version didn’t flow in certain spots, so I decided to touch it up a bit. The 16mm launch footage is a mixture of the Apollo 8, 11, and 12 missions.
Watch for volume at the start, and be sure to full screen it!
Hey there! Long time no post. Been busy with other things and haven’t really been in the mood or had the time to post on here (which is a shame because I pay for hosting.. I should get on that..)
Anyway, I started putting together this episode a few weeks ago or so, maybe end of May, beginning of June, with the voiceover finished and edited.. So you can see it’s taken a while. I haven’t been feeling the best lately, and it’s been hampering my interest in working on these podcasts as well as other things like my photography and reading. Some kind of funk I guess, I’m not sure.
I’ll get back into the groove soon, don’t worry!
Anyways, I had a few free hours the other day and figured I would finally finish off what I started. So here it is!
30 Minutes of Music – Episode 19 July 4, 2014 256kbps *Sounds best with over-the-ear headphones*
0:00 – The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Lost Waltz (Time In)
4:21 – David Bowie – In The Heat Of The Morning (David Bowie)
7:16 – Scott Walker – Montague Terrace (In Blue) (Scott)
10:41 – The Beach Boys – Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Pet Sounds)
13:58 – Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For The Others (Veckatimest)
18:22 – John Lennon – Make Love Not War (Anthology)
19:35 – Damon Albarn – Hostiles (Everyday Robots)
24:31 – Miles Davis – Blue In Green (Kind Of Blue)