Music Out of The Moon


  • Live Music and Pop-Up
  • Tickets from £8.00
  • Richmond
  • Live Music, Retro and Background Music
  • Over 18
  • Tue, 16th Jul 2019 @ 19:30 - 23:00
  • 19:30 - 23:00

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“Houston, do you copy our music? ... that’s an old favorite of mine ... an album made about 20 years ago, called ‘Music Out of the Moon’.”

- Neil Armstrong from Apollo 11 - July 23rd 1969

The Radio Science Orchestra’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Featuring Charlie Draper on theremin & the music of Les Baxter’s visionary space lounge classic.

The R.S.O. is a modular Space Age Pop ensemble inspired by the birth of electronic music and the retro future: uniting Theremin, Martenot and Moog; the Radio Science Orchestra brings you exotica, neoclassical, and lounge from the birth of radio to the atomic age and beyond. 

Music out of the Moon uses live performance of original and adapted music, projected video, 3D sound and narration to chart the remarkable story of humanity’s journey to the Moon and its unexpected links to the birth of electronic music. Drawing on declassified archival footage, newspaper reports, 50's popular culture, and debut performances of period music, Music out of the Moon is a sonic time capsule rousing nostalgia for the future: from Byron and Lovelace’s dreams of steam-powered rockets, via Nazi rocketry and Sputnik’s radio bleeps, Walt Disney, NASA, the triumphant Apollo Moon landings, leading to Mars and beyond.

The title of the production alludes to Capitol Records’ Music out of the Moon, the earliest popular release to feature an entirely electronic instrument. Released in 1947 and prophesying a future in space, the record contained titles like "Lunar Rhapsody", "Celestial Nocturne" and "Radar Blues", and featured the otherworldly blend of small orchestra and space-controlled theremin, the only instrument controlled without physical contact. 22 years later in July 1969, Neil Armstrong played a cassette of the music as he hurtled back from the actual Moon.

The Radio Science Orchestra draws on this vignette to resurrect and repurpose iconic early electronic works together with new music for the twenty-first century.

MUSIC: spanning Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune, Kraftwerk, Barry Gray, Henry Purcell, Ron Grainer and original RSO compositions, the set will include specially-produced transcriptions of Music out the Moon, music which holds a place in history as the soundtrack to one of humanity's most important scientific achievements. 

The performance will include a narrative by acclaimed popular science author Ken Hollings (Welcome to Mars, Space Oracle), and synchronised HD video projections. In the company of the RSO, expect an evening of “hi-fi sci-fi”, previously-unheard transcriptions and glamourous space-age exotica, revealing astonishing connections between Apollo’s conquest of space and the dawn of electronic music.

STAGE: theremins, ondes Martenot, Moog and modular synthesisers, sounds of the VCS3, concert harp, saxophones, vocal harmonies, melodica, keyboard, electric guitar, bass, percussion, and replica valve theremin (a.k.a. “Flash Gordon’s drinks cabinet”).

The ensemble has met with critical acclaim for its performances at TED, the Southbank Centre, London’s ICA, the Shanghai Music Festival, the Bath ICIA, the British Library and Glastonbury Festival.




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Standard Ticket 19:30 - 23:00 £8.00



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