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Will.i.am song played by rover on Mars


Posted on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012 | Comment icon 34 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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NASA has played back the first ever song transmitted on Mars, a new recording by US musician Will.i.am.

Curiosity played back the song in a drive to help inspire young people to take up an interest in science. The transmission traveled over 300 million miles on it's journey back to the Earth. Will.i.am opted to attempt a change from his usual musical style to make the song as appealing as he could to international audiences, using a real orchestra rather than a computer generated beat.

"A lot of times ... people in my field aren't supposed to try to execute something classical, or orchestral, so I wanted to break that stigma," he said. "I wanted to show human collaboration and have an orchestra there and something that would be timeless, and translated in different cultures, not have like a hip hop beat or a dance beat."

"The extraordinary feat was among several astonishing achievements by US space agency's £1."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by The Mule on 29 August, 2012, 22:52
Life on Mars? would have gotten my vote followed by the entire Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars cd
Comment icon #26 Posted by 4MinuteNile on 29 August, 2012, 23:35
Well yea it would ahve been good if they had used a real artist.. but hey at least it wasn't rocketman by elton john..
Comment icon #27 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 30 August, 2012, 5:14
I would of gone with starman by Bowie but he's not an american so we have to put up with this crap but at least he used a real orchestra they keep stating, Wow now I dont know whether to sh1t or wind my watch.
Comment icon #28 Posted by mfrmboy on 30 August, 2012, 14:07
I think it would have been cool to have a contest for choice of song . Couldn't they send / beam another song to it to be played ? They do control it from Earth afterall.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Hazzard on 30 August, 2012, 17:05
They should have picked this one instead,...
Comment icon #30 Posted by Smithers on 30 August, 2012, 17:48
Seriously... out of all songs they choose this one? Great... now the aliens are really going to destroy us...
Comment icon #31 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 30 August, 2012, 19:15
The song was a good test of the communications systems and a good piece of PR (after all people have commented in this thread that have never contributed to the more "serious" threads on Curiosity) but the time for such frivolity is over. Curiosity is now starting the task it was made for and it's going to need all its bandwidth to transmit the results.
Comment icon #32 Posted by shobonimaster on 30 August, 2012, 23:51
Shouldn've played this instead:
Comment icon #33 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 31 August, 2012, 9:35
i can think of at least a million better songs they should have played.


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