Rock has had many spaced-out characters but only one has actually been to space. Former International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield–a Canadian, of course–has a major label record deal with Warner Music. Come October 9, he’ll release Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can, an 11-track album he managed to record during this 166 day mission aboard the ISS. From Metro:
A veteran of various bands for roughly 25 years, Hadfield decided before his December 2012 mission to the International Space Station that he would like to try to record music while aboard.
He perhaps did not expect that doing so would be, in some ways, an astronomical hassle.
Gravity, or a lack thereof, was the main culprit. To record an early tune, he stuck an iPad on the wall with Velcro and used its ambient microphone to capture the sound.
Eventually, he decided the best place to record was ensconced in his tiny sleep pod, with a microphone plugged into his iPad, floating in front of him. He was thankful to have brought a compact Canadian-made Larrivee Parlor acoustic guitar, because others might not have fit the narrow confines.
Playing that guitar was, however, another matter.
“It’s hard to play guitar on a spaceship, because there’s nothing to hold the guitar stable,” he pointed out. “Almost always, the guitar slips in your hands. If you’re a guitar player, I tell people to try playing while standing on your head.
“The producer who was helping me, Paul Mills, said: ‘Your guitar playing is a little messy,’” he added with a laugh. “I said, yeah, you come up here and play guitar.”
His singing voice mutated too, he explains, because sinuses don’t drain mechanically like they do on Earth.
“There’s no gravity to pull the fluid out of your head,” he said. “So you always have a full head and swollen tongue and vocal cords.”
So is it any good? Judge for yourself from this sample.