International Space Orchestra
The International Space Orchestra (ISO) is a team of space scientists from the NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), Singularity University, and the International Space University.
The International Space Orchestra was created, assembled and is currently directed by designer of experiences and director Nelly Ben Hayoun. The musical director of ISO is the two-time Grammy award winner, violinist and composer, Evan Price.
Public space outreach
In the summer of 2012 in California, ISO performed Ground Control: An Opera in Space, a 27-minute long performance part scripted and based on the reenactment of the Apollo 11's mission control and part musical. Ground Control: An Opera in Space was composed by a team including Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, Bobby Womack, Richard Russell, Mike Smith (Music Director of Gorillaz), Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Café, Maywa Denki (inventor of Otamatone), and Evan Price, with a libretto by science-fiction author Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic.
ISO's first performance took place in front of the 80 by 120 foot wind tunnel (world's largest) located at NASA Ames Research Center and its second in San Jose, California during the ZERO1 Biennial (North America's most significant showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology).
In addition, public talks by leading NASA and SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) scientists were curated by Nelly Ben Hayoun, giving insights into missions that inspired the musical composition. These included presentations by SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Director of Research Gerry Harp, NASA Ames Research Center Chief Scientist Jacob Cohen, Kepler Mission Manager Roger Hunter and LCROSS/ LADEE NASA Flight Director Rusty Hunt.
In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival where it was acclaimed by the critic as a "masterpiece" (Independent Cinema Office, ICO), a "real achievement" (DOMUS), "as thrilling as watching a rocket launch" and "Spine Tingling" (The Guardian).
As well as being an unconventional public space outreach event, ISO also acts as an experiential and hybrid interdisciplinary research environment in which space scientists and engineers were invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in control rooms, acting as a provocation to imagine and disrupt human relationships with science and technology.
Satellite carrying recordings in orbit
On 4 August 2013, two ArduSat (Arduino based Nanosatellite run by the company Nanosatisfi) carrying the ISO recordings were launched aboard the H-IIB Launch Vehicle, HTV-4 from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Centre. A video of the launch is available for public access online.
On 19 November 2013, these ArduSat got released from the International Space Station by the six-member Expedition 38 crew. The orbiting residents worked with mission controllers around the world on deploying the ArduSat from Kibo’s airlock Tuesday 19 at 7:10 a.m. EST.
Members of the International Space Orchestra
- Dr Pete Worden, Head of NASA Ames Research Center- Gong
- Jacob Cohen, Chief scientist, NASA Ames Research Center- Gong
- Rusty Hunt, NASA Flight Director LCROSS Lunar Impactor, NASA Ames Research Center- Saxophone
- Barbara Jo Navarro, Asst. Chief, Flight Systems Implementation Branch at NASA Ames Research Center- Trumpet
- Yvonne Cagle, NASA Astronaut, NASA Ames Research Center- Bass Drum and triangle
- Gregory D Paulson, ARC-P, Universities Space Research Association-Trombone
- Mary Paulson, Gregory N. Paulson’s mother-Flute and Piccolo
- Ralph Bach, Analyst at NASA Ames Research Center, Aviation and Aerospace- Trumpet
- Frank Caradonna, Aeronautical engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Ames Jazz Band- Piano
- Robert ‘Bob’ Crow, Retired, NASA Ames Jazz Band- Saxophone
- Matthew J Daigle,Research Computer Scientist Intelligent Systems Division NASA Ames Research Center- Guitar
- Paul K Davis, Instrument Development Technical Group, NASA Ames Research Center- Viola and violin
- Johnathan.W.Conley, NASA Ames research Center-Percussion
- Larry Farnsley, Electrical Engineer, NASA Ames Jazz Band- String and electric bass
- Theodore Garbeff,Research engineer at the experimental fluid physics branch, NASA Ames Research Center- Violin
- Elisabeth B Gee Giessler, Google Employee- Violin
- Michael A. K. Gross, Software and systems engineer for SOFIA, NASA Ames- Trombone
- Lukas Gruendler, Research Assistant at SETI Institute- Trombone
- Vanessa Kuroda, Code RE Electronics Engineer, LADEE Communications, NASA Ames- Piano
- Matthew Linton,IT Security Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center- Cello
- Gregory Lindsay,NASA Ames Jazz Band- Drums
- Rodney Martin,Computer engineer, Intelligent Data Understanding (IDU) Group, NASA Ames Research Center- Percussion and triangle
- Veronica Phillips,Technical writer, Stinger Gaffarian Technologies, Inc-Clarinet
- Annette Rodrigues,Former associate director for Center Operations at NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Ames Bluegrass Band- Ukulele
- David P Roland,Optics Engineer, Telescope Technologist-Dobro and ukulele
- Peter J Robinson,Computer Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center- Bassoon
- Arthur Schwartz,Retired, founder and ex-officio member of the Air and Space Education Foundation- French Horn
- Michael A Wilson,NASA Ames Astrobiology Institute- Saxophone
- Janice Bishop, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute- clarinet
- Scott Poll, Intelligent Systems Division. NASA Ames Research Center- violin
- Shea Comfort, worked for NASA on developing guidance systems for Mercury, Gemini & Apollo.- Duduk Player
- Jamie Drew, Science Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
- Aileen Aniciete, Administrative Assistant Intern, NASA Ames Research Center
- Leighton Anunciacion, Technology Partnerships Division, Deltha-Critique. NASA Ames Research Center
- Karen Bradford, Chief of Staff, NASA Ames Research Center
- Craig D Burkhard, Micro 6 Project Advisor, NASA Ames Research Center
- John Cumbers, Synthetic Biology Program, NASA Ames Research Center
- Zhenzhen Cumbers, John Cumbers’ daughter
- Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, VP, Operations, Singularity University
- Aleta Hayes, Lecturer, Stanford, and NASA Ames collaborator
- Michaela Herman, Web developer, NASA Ames Research Center
- Sarah Hobart, LADEE, Software and Space Systems manager NASA Ames Research Center
- Geoffrey Lee, Project Manager, NASA Research Park
- Derek Love, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, NASA Ames Research Center
- Laura Shawnee, Education Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center
- Marianne Ryan, Director of Leadership & Engagement at Singularity University
- Jasmina Tesanovic, ISO Librettist
- Ellen Schwartz, Arthur Schwartz’s daughter
- Jonathan Knowles, Design Chair, Singularity University
- Jamie Drew, Science Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
- "GЯOUИD COИTЯOL", International Space Orchestra Official Website
- "Projects by NELLY BEN HAYOUN STUDIO", NELLY BEN STUDIO Official Website
- "Nelly Ben Hayoun, Designer of Experiences", SETI
- "International Space Orchestra: the designer taking music into space", The Guardian, by Oliver Wainwright, 3 June 2013
- "International Space Orchestra pays homage to Apollo 11 mission", Wired, February 12, 2013
- , ICO, Jan 30, 2013 by Kate Taylor
- , DOMUS, February 11, 2013
- "BECK+INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA+POP UP MAGAZINE+MC SWEENEYS", NELLY BEN HAYOUN STUDIO, May 20, 2013
- "http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/news/international-space-orchestra-has-lifted", SETI, August 05, 2013
- "Nelly Ben Hayoun’s artwork launched into space", "Wired", by Bruce Sterling, August 7, 2013