Across the Universe to be Beamed into Space!

Nasa will broadcast the song, Across the Universe, through the transmitters of its deep space communications network on Monday – the 40th anniversary of its recording at London's Abbey Road studios. The music will be converted into digital data and sent on a 431 light year-journey towards Polaris, the North Star, in a stunt that also commemorates the space agency's 50th anniversary. February 4 has also been declared Across the Universe Day by Beatles fans across the world, who are urged to play their own recording of the song at the same time as Nasa begins its own broadcast, 7pm in the US, midnight in the UK and 1am Tuesday in Spain. "I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe," said Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, who has given her backing to the project. story Here is the original version, with space imagery, one of several Beatles versions. Fiona Apple's version is nice, and Rufus Wainwright has a beautiful version but he has disabled embedding. Then there is the movie version which I wrote about after seeing it in the theater and liked enough to recommend renting. _________________________________________________________________________________________
Beatles_ys Across_the_universe_copy_2 (image credits: John.purplestateofmind.com & ximnet.com)

3 comments

    • pfiore8 on February 2, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    thanks for this post. and welcome Slugbug

    an interesting screen name if ever there was one…

    • kj on February 2, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Take it from me, pf8, Slugbug is a progressive’s progressive. @;-)

    Extraordinary multi-talented as well!

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