Beach House Samples Voyager Space Sounds for “Saturn Song”

| March 4, 2014
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A stranger smiles at you on the bus, your friend gives you a gift for no reason, your lover cleans your apartment while you’re out just to be kind. Life is full of these unexpected gems, and we can add the surprise release of a brand new Beach House song to the list!

Along with offerings from Youth Lagoon and Porcelain Raft, “Saturn Song” is part of a compilation called The Space Project, which is being released on Record Store Day (April 19, 2014). The song takes sounds from the interstellar journeys of Voyager 1 and 2 and joins them with Victoria Legrand’s moony vocals for an out-of-this-world aural experience.

Science nerd note: the Voyager sounds aren’t noise in the traditional sense, but “electromagnetic┬áradiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons, and large asteroids the Voyager probes traveled near.” “Saturn Song” is like a love letter from our intergalactic neighbors, four and a half minutes of the gas giants saying “I miss you” and “How have you been” and “Isn’t it beautiful we exist at the same time?”

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Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.

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