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Bradford Science Festival: Music out of the Moon

  • National Science and Media Museum Bradford BD1 1NQ (map)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing and the centenary of the invention of the theremin, the Radio Science Orchestra presents "Music out of the Moon": an audio-visual spectacular charting the remarkable story of humanity’s journey to the Moon. Together with new music for the twenty-first century, the ensemble will resurrect and repurpose rare works for theremin and orchestra from Capitol Records' eponymous 1947 album, famously broadcast from translunar space by Neil Armstrong in 1969.

The show includes narrative from acclaimed popular science author Ken Hollings ("Welcome to Mars", "Space Oracle"), music from the Moog synthesiser, space-controllers, modular electronics, harp, woodwinds, theremin and ondes Martenot - performed by Bruce Woolley, Andy Visser, Charlie Draper and guests, with synchronised HD video projections. In the company of the RSO, expect a performance of Hi-fi Sci-fi and glamourous space-age exotica, revealing astonishing connections between Apollo’s conquest of space and the dawn of electronic music.