So here is the first of two episodes of the Threadwork podcast that use space as their theme. And by space I mean in the cosmic sense - planets, galaxies, stars and the like. I’ve always loved space - it’s so evocative and it makes perfect sense to me that so much music would inspired by it. It’s so huge and unknowable and, to a certain extent, incomprehensible just by virtue of the sizes and distances often involved. The perfect example being the answer to the question - what is a light year? It sounds like a thing we can comprehend. A year is understandable, 1 as a number we can get our heads around. But a light year is a unit of distance and equates to approximately 5.8 trillion miles. Just consider that number for a second. Can you even begin to comprehend it? To truly get your head around it? I’m not sure it’s possible given our limited context - as in the world we interact with on a daily basis. It’s fascinating and scary and in the truest sense of the word, awe-inspiring.
I like space.
Anyway, here are just a few of the dozens of tracks that could have made it on to an episode - I hope you dig them.
Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help…
Pulp – Space taken from Intro The Gift Recordings [Island] (1993) https://www.junodownload.com/products/pulp-intro-the-gift-recordings/1790570-02/?track_number=1
Midnight Juggernauts – Into The Galaxy (Metronomy Remix) [Institubes] (2008) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/into-the-galaxy-bonus-track-version-ep/693598188
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – JBS taken from Star Sail [Company Records] (2017) https://chazbundickmeetsthemattson2.bandcamp.com/track/jbs
Elton John – Bennie & The Jets [DJM Records] (1973) https://www.junodownload.com/products/elton-john-goodbye-yellow-brick-road-remastered/2427501-02/?track_number=3
ASOK – Universe 3 [Lobster Theremin] (2017) https://lobstertheremin.com/track/universe-3
Jark Prongo – Wave 2081 [Hooj Choons] (1999) https://www.junodownload.com/products/jark-prongo-movin-thru-your-system/3544056-02/?track_number=2
Terekke – Bank 3 [Long Island Electrical Systems] (2013) https://liesrecords.bandcamp.com/track/bank-3
The Comet Is Coming – Unity taken from Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery [Impulse] (2019) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-comet-trust-in-the-lifeforce-of/4087200-02/?track_number=8
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise If You Can See taken from Space Is Only Noise [Circus Company] (2011) https://circuscompany.bandcamp.com/track/space-is-only-noise-if-you-can-see
(excerpt) The Muppets – Pigs In Space [Pye] (1978)
Canned Heat – Poor Moon [Iconoclassic] (2016) – that’s the reissue year of the expanded version of Future Blues. ‘Poor Moon’ was released as a single in 1969. https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-very-best-of-canned-heat/1702962-02/?track_number=12
M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume [4AD] (1987)
Space Dimension Controller – Cosmo30 Travel Duration [Royal Oak] (2010) https://bleep.com/release/25716-space-dimension-controller-journey-to-the-core-of-the-unknown-sphere-inc-kyle-hall-remix
Link to details about Hubble Extreme Deep Field Image: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/xdf.html
Spotify episode playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/4sQk0aoBdCd0QMZPgtiFEk?si=zsTsPDWnS72oH0bGtqYOsg
Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.
Huge thanks to Bod for production support.
Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/