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Eight Days in July - The Journey of Apollo 11

Eight Days in July - The Journey of Apollo 11

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global ambient chart, 2nd in the global electronic chart and 3rd in the global chillout chart.

Anyone who regularly listens to this stream knows that I'm a space dork. I've done countless stargazing mixes, sci-fi mixes, NASA mission mixes, etc. So it should come as no surprise that I would make a mix to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Combining music and NASA mission audio, this mix tracks the journey as it moves from liftoff to orbit to TLI(translunar injection) to landing & walking on the moon then finally returning home.

The titles of the tracks show what is happening in the expedition. Such as Max Richter's "The Escape" as Apollo performs the TLI burn to leave earth orbit and head to the moon. Or the Jane Antonia Cornish tune, "Into Silence," which is heard as the crew goes around the backside of the moon and loses radio contact.

One oddball track is "Lunar Rhapsody" from the album "Music Out Of The Moon" released in 1947. It's in there because Neil Armstrong had it on cassette and listened to it during the trip.

Tracklist in comments.

Comments

Rayzy
Rayzy

Trying to create a break or cut point between this point (2020), and now. (2020) - i find myself looking to some of the most beautiful mixes of 2019.. this is on the top of the list, naturally.

cyclenyc
cyclenyc

I will listen to this set every July for as long as I can. I haven't stopped thinking about it since I first heard it last year. I wasn't born when all of this happened in space, but I feel as though these sounds are the perfect soundtrack that helps me relive it as if I were there. I may be a year late, but thank you for such a beautiful mix.

Eva Pantea

Amazing! Brilliantly combined elements, gave me goosebumps.

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Thanks for checking out this set and coming along on the trip!

Prajay Nathoo

One of the best sets I have heard this year, and awesome to hear Brian Eno again. Thank you so much!

Rayzy
Rayzy

absolutely amazing, thank you as always, your reach in musical marvel stretches further than the stars!. i absolutely froze through song for athene, im generally quite ignorant with chorus music, but that is a masterpiece. the kind that really heats the amp up, and gets those speakers close to breaking point :) thank you.

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Thanks so much for your very kind comments! I fell in love with "Song for Athene" as well. I wasn't planning on using it for this mix but when I heard it I knew instantly that it would make a great opening tune. The whole album that track is from is very good. https://www.amazon.com/Enchanted-Isle-Voces8/dp/B07KBT4ZRK http://www.voces8.com/shop

Chris_Ambience

Challenge: How about doing another one of these "story mixes" where you blend in sound bites with music to tell some other kind of story set to music.

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That's a great idea! Now actually doing it might be difficult but fun. My brain hurts already. ;-)

Chris_Ambience

You could pick a theme--like "victories" and pull sports announcer soundbites and music to go along with it or "exercise" and include motivational quotes or flight. You could pick a holiday and pull related sound bites and music to illustrate it (e.g., Fourth of July, Earth Day, Veteran's Day, MLK Day). You could also musically acknowledge a historical event, like 9/11 or the 60's.

Chris_Ambience

This was just an amazing mix. It truly felt like an audio movie--touching and powerful. For some reason the mix of music and soundbites and knowing what they were associated with just touched me deeply. Bravo!

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Thanks, my friend! "Audio movie" is a good way to describe this mix although I had no such lofty goals when I started. I just make this stuff up as I go along and the mixes take on a life of their own. But that's part of the fun, seeing how they change and mutate as the tracks are laid down and mixed. Cheers!