Opera In Space

Two Ardusat (Arduino based Nanosatellites run by Nanosatisfi) Carrying ISO’s Ground-Control: An Opera in Space Recordings Launched Into Space on 4th August 2013.
On 19th November 2013, these Ardusats got released from the International Space Station by the six-member Expedition 38 crew. The orbiting residents worked with mission controllers around the world on deploying the Ardusats from Kibo’s airlock Tuesday 19th at 7:10 a.m. EST.

The Japanese robotic arm grappled and unberthed a deployer mechanism containing the Ardusats from Kibo’s airlock. Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata monitored the satellite deployment while operating the Japanese robotic arm from inside Kibo.

(You can see explanations on the deployment here: http://tinyurl.com/n9synrl ).

The broadcast of Ground-Control: An Opera in Space (27min) is being broadcast by radio waves and Morse code from the Ardusats. And you can listen in with your own amateur HAM equipment—learn more here: http://bit.ly/184uecB. One Ardusat is broadcasting the voice, the other one the musical part, resembling a real ‘space’ orchestra.

GROUND-CONTROL: AN OPERA IN SPACE first performed by the International Space Orchestra (ISO) in September 2011 in front of the World Largest Windtunnel in NASA Ames Research Center, was Recorded at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ Studio. The two Ardusats carrying ISO’s recordings were launched aboard the H-II transfer vehicle, HTV-4, also known as Kounotori-4.

The Ardusats operate along the same orbit as the International Space Station, so you can follow the path of the International Space Orchestra by tracking the ISS orbit:http://www.isstracker.com/.

Read more on Expedition 38, the astronauts currently on board of the ISS:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expedition_38

See report of the Nanosatisfi Ardusat deployment from NASA:http://www.nasa.gov/content/crew-deploys-tiny-satellites-and-tests-spacesuit-repairs/#.UovUO41kIzQ

Audio Broadcast Method—Morse Code and Radio Waves: http://bit.ly/184uecB

See the Ardusats launching from earth on 4th August 2013 here:http://tinyurl.com/pvj4tbh

See the deployment from the ISS on 19th November 2013 here:http://tinyurl.com/ps7272t

Watch the lift off  here 
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 UniverseMusic 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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The International Space Orchestra (ISO) is a team of space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, Singularity University and the International Space University. In the summer of 2012 in California, ISO performed Ground Control: An Opera in Space composed by a team including Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Arthur Jeffes, Maywa Denki, and two-time Grammy award winner Evan Price, with a libretto by science- fiction author Bruce Sterling, directed and created by designer Nelly Ben Hayoun. ISO members included NASA Ames Flight Director, Rusty Hunt, a Payload Officer, a Capcom (triangle), and NASA Ames center Deputy Director (Lewis Braxton performing the gong) and a NASA astronaut (Yvonne Cagle: percussion).

ISO’s first performance took place in front of the world’s largest wind-tunnel at the NASA Ames Research Center and its second in San Jose during the ZERO1 Biennial (North America’s most significant showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology). In addition, public talks by leading NASA and SETI scientists were curated, giving insights into missions that inspired the musical composition. These included presentations by SETI Institute Director of Research Gerry Harp, NASA Ames Research Center Chief Scientist Jacob Cohen, Kepler Mission Manager Roger Hunter and LADEE/LCROSS NASA Flight Director Rusty Hunt.

Ground Control was recorded at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ Studios.

In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival and then started a world tour. ISO extends the notion of the `outreach’ in terms of scope, scale, and methods of engagement towards architecture, installations, environments, social system, performances, experiences and narratives, as events.

In May 2013, the International Space Orchestra performed at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco in front of 2,700 people with singer Beck. They received a standing ovation for their unique performance.

As well as being an unconventional public space outreach event, ISO also acts as an experiential and hybrid interdisciplinary research environment in which space scientists and engineers are invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in control rooms and scientifically build environment, acting as a provocation to imagine and disrupt human relationships with science and technology and the way in which they can relate to our creative needs.

ISO Director and Creator: Nelly Ben Hayoun

ISO Musical Director: Evan Price

ISO choir conductor: Eric Tuan and Jimmy Kansau

ISO graphic design_ album cover+patches: protoplot.com

ISO Website: www.groundcontrol-opera.com