Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in the sounds of space. Earlier this year, Lefse Records released The Space Project, a compilation where the likes of Beach House and Spiritualized fashioned new songs from cosmic noise. Now, as FACT and Mixmag point out, NASA has started its own SoundCloud page, offering a trove of audio from the U.S. space agency’s past missions.
The collection has more than 60 samples so far, including John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “we choose to go to the moon” speech, Apollo 13′s oft-misquoted “Houston, we’ve had a problem” and the less readily quoted noises of equipment and debris. According to the SoundCloud page, “You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind’ every time you get a phone call, if you make our sounds your ringtone.”
Budding producers may also be able to incorporate the sounds of rocket launches or interplanetary electromagnetic transmissions into new music. The agency said, “NASA still images; audio files; video; and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format, generally are not copyrighted.” The full sound file use policy is here. The Eagle has landed.
Check out the full collection or listen to a playlist of “solar system and beyond sounds” below.