The first solo effort of Canadian producer and recording engineer Michael Chambers, A Brief History of American Space Travel is a meticulously told story of the American space program from 1958 to 2011. At 29 minutes in length, it’s a mini concept album that reveals new details with each listen.
Chambers fuses French downtempo, 1990s post-rock and the experimental nature of mad men like Brian Eno and Steve Reich into post-rock inspired intelligent dance music. Spawned from song fragments recorded between sessions for other artists along with a lifelong obsession with the American space program, the album takes its narrative shape from original NASA audio archive files.
This is one of those records that was created with the studio used as an instrument, with Chambers mixing synths and sampling techniques with guitars, bass and banjo. Much like the historic events that it chronicles, it’s a journey full of ups and downs, juxtaposed emotions and tremendous attention to detail.
Performed and produced by moon:and:6. Written by Michael William Chambers. Published by All Your Genres Are Belong To Us (SOCAN).
Public domain samples and audio clips from:
NASA Audio Highlight Reels, Soundbites and Launch Sounds / STS-135 | National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Ronald Reagan Address on the Space Shuttle “Challenger” (Jan 28, 1986) | White House Television Office (WHTV)
Cover artwork based on Gemini-Titan (GT-8) Extravehicular Equipment and Suit (Photo Credit: NASA)
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