Sunday A.M. Radio: Brian Eno's 'Apollo'

Last week, conspiracy theorists had a field day when NASA’s live feed of the International Space Station was interrupted as what looked like a UFO appeared on the screen. However – despite what many conspiracy theorists think – this week, on July 21, we’ll celebrate the 47th anniversary of man landing on the moon.

This morning, let’s listen to Brian Eno’s 1983 ode to space travel, “Apollo,” which was originally written as the soundtrack for the documentary “For All Mankind.” Eno’s majestic and mysterious ambient soundscapes reflect the vast, beautiful emptiness of space and the unknown possibilities that man encountered when he undertook his voyage. The album, strangely enough, includes country-western pedal steel guitar riffs. At first, this may seem incongruous with the rest of Eno’s dark electronic sounds, but he explained why he included them in a 2009 interview with The Guardian.

“Every astronaut was allowed to take one cassette of their favourite music. All but one took country and western. They were cowboys exploring the frontier; this one just happened to be in space. We worked the piece around the idea of zero-gravity country music.”

Eno’s “Apollo” album may include some of the spaciest sounds, but he still can’t beat Chuck Berry, whose rock ‘n’ roll classic “Johnny B. Goode” is actually floating in space. Berry’s masterpiece was included on the golden record launched on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. Here’s the full track list of the Voyager golden record.

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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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