In July 1969 I was 7. I pressed my nose up to our black and white Thorn TV to watch Apollo 11 land on the moon. After bouncing around in their bright white moon suits they retreated to the lunar lander, tidied things away, then slept. I remember thinking how odd it must have been to sleep so far away from home in that bleak place.
11 July 1969
12:54 a.m.– After checking with Mission Control to make sure all chores have been completed, experiments set up, and photographs taken, Aldrin starts back up the ladder to re-enter the LM.
1:09 a.m.– Armstrong joins Aldrin in the landing craft.
1:11 a.m.– The hatch is closed. The astronauts begin removing the portable life support systems on which they have depended for two hours and 47 minutes.
5 a.m.– Astronauts are told to go to sleep, after attending to final housekeeping details and answering a number of questions concerning the geology of the Moon.
On the 50th anniversary of that expedition I again thought about the astronauts sleeping on the moon. Here is my soundtrack to their uneasy slumber.
More Nuggets coming along, here are
three two more in the works. Also working on a drum based mix (for Annabelle) and a Reggae mix to go with the excellent BBC series screened recently…
Track 2 …
A totally preposterous discotheque
Razvan Effenberg, Suddeutsche Zeitung
‘An obelisk of noise that rose rudely above the treetops of the Bialowieska Forest, the Endless House project shone for a mere six weeks in the spring of 1973. The outlandish brainchild of wealthy audiophile/maniac Jiri Kantor, its stated mission was "to become the cradle of a new European sonic community… a multimedia discotheque" that should "surprise and delight" artists and dancers alike. For all the wide-eyed optimism of its manifesto, however, the enterprise was never unknowing in its flirtation with disaster and self-destruction. The brilliant Czech may have made his millions as the midas-touched entrepreneur/taste-maker behind Paris-based magazine Otium International, but Endless House was always a vanity project as irredeemably vain as its maker…’
Released 02 April 2011