The Essential Selection for Space Exploration (Music)

The Astroengine Live Top 10 Space Tunes

Disco balls at Spundae, Hollywood in December 2006 (© Ian O'Neill)

Often when writing about space, I like to listen to music. Unfortunately, my brain is terrible at multitasking, so any music with vocals slows me down. However, trance music doesn’t seem to hurt my thinking-typing skills (probably due to minimal vocal tracks), so on go the headphones as I get lost in a mix of space and sound.

If you are a listener of my radio show Astroengine Live, you may be forgiven in thinking that it is based more on the music selection than my opinions on the current state of manned space flight! So I’ve decided to pair up trance and space to compile my favourite space-based tracks of all time (mainly trance and electro, but with some surprises thrown in).

Here’s Astroengine Live’s Top 10 Space Tunes, or the Essential Selection for Space Exploration

I’ve included links to the artist, a link to a sample of the tune (via — follow @astroengine on for more) and a brief paragraph from Wikipedia as to why the track is connected with “space”. Ah well, it was fun compiling the ten… enjoy!

10. Leftfield – Phat Planet (listen)

A planet, as defined by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), is a celestial body orbiting a star or stellar remnant that is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, is not massive enough to cause thermonuclear fusion, and has cleared its neighbouring region of planetesimals… [more]

9. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole (listen)

Supermassive Black Hole
A supermassive black hole is a black hole with a mass of an order of magnitude between 105 and 1010 solar masses. Most, if not all, galaxies, including the Milky Way, are believed to contain supermassive black holes at their centers… [more]

8. Fake Blood – Mars (listen)

Mars (pronounced /ˈmɑrz/) is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It is also referred to as the “Red Planet” because of its reddish appearance, due to iron oxide prevalent on its surface… [more]

7. Ferry Corsten – Star Traveller (listen)

A star is a massive, luminous ball of plasma that is held together by its own gravity. The nearest star to Earth is the Sun, which is the source of most of the energy on Earth. Other stars are visible in the night sky, when they are not outshone by the Sun. For most of its life, a star shines due to thermonuclear fusion in its core releasing energy that traverses the star’s interior and then radiates into outer space. Almost all elements heavier than hydrogen and helium were created by fusion processes in stars… [more]

6. Brisky – Celestial (listen)

Astronomical (celestial) objects are significant physical entities, associations or structures which current science has confirmed to exist in space… [more]

5. Kyau vs. Albert – Made of Sun (listen)

The Sun (Latin: Sol), a yellow dwarf, is the star at the center of the Solar System. The Earth and other matter (including other planets, asteroids, meteoroids, comets, and dust) orbit the Sun, which by itself accounts for about 98.6% of the Solar System’s mass. The mean distance of the Sun from the Earth is approximately 149,600,000 kilometers, or 92,960,000 miles, and its light travels this distance in 8.3 minutes. Energy from the Sun, in the form of sunlight, supports almost all life on Earth via photosynthesis, and drives the Earth’s climate and weather… [more]

4. BT – Force of Gravity (listen)

Gravitation is a natural phenomenon by which objects with mass attract one another. In everyday life, gravitation is most commonly thought of as the agency which lends weight to objects with mass… [more]

3. Smith & Pledger – Northern Lights (listen)

Northern Lights
Auroras, sometimes called the northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora), are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. They are also referred to as polar auroras… [more]

2. Guru Josh Project – Infinity 2008 (listen)

Infinity ∞
Infinity (symbolically represented with ∞) comes from the Latin infinitas or “unboundedness.” It refers to several distinct concepts – usually linked to the idea of “without end” – which arise in philosophy, mathematics, and theology… [more]

1. Cygnus X – Superstring (listen)

Cygnus X
Cygnus X-1 (abbreviated Cyg X-1) is a well known galactic X-ray source… [more]

Superstring theory is an attempt to explain all of the particles and fundamental forces of nature in one theory by modelling them as vibrations of tiny supersymmetric strings. It is considered one of the most promising candidate theories of quantum gravity. Superstring theory is a shorthand for supersymmetric string theory because unlike bosonic string theory, it is the version of string theory that incorporates fermions and supersymmetry… [more]


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