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37 Responses to “This NASA simulation of a galaxy is begging for a snazzy soundtrack”

  1. Paul Renault says:

    I disagree:  It doesn’t need a sound track; it’s great all by itself. Too bad the video isn’t 1080.  (I’m so tired of sound tracks mediating how I’m supposed to feel…)

    I wish this was a flash file that I could slow down, run backwards, etc.

  2. I was thinking ‘Gangnam Style.’

  3. Ryan Kabir says:

    While I agree with PaulR – I think Apparat’s “A Bang In The Void” would be perfect.

    • Paul Renault says:

      Woo!  Thanks, I’ve discovered some new music.

      (I’m tempted to watch the video again on super slow, but while listening to Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.)

      /Edited to add: I found a nice video of a performance of Mf18M in Tokyo, featuring closeups of the performers. It reminds you that the music is still made by people’s hands, lungs, and voices.


      I don’t know if you’ve ever attended a live performance of Glass’s Koyaanisqatsi. There’s the same magic. It’s very invigorating!

  4. Boundegar says:

    I don’t see any discrete spiral arms – any idea why?

    • miasm says:

      Ooh, QI stinker here methinks, I’ll go for it!
      The spiral arms are epiphenomena, something like pressure waves, travelling through the galactic medium.
      *glances behind at big display

  5. edgore says:

    It has a very accurate soundtrack already.

    • Paul Renault says:

       Dang, I thought the exact same thing while I was typing!  Soundless space was one of the things that made 2001: A Space Odyssey so brilliant.  But a phone call made me forget it.

  6. WebSorcerer says:

    I listened to Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ while watching the video. It is AWESOME!!!

  7. Stephen Bedi says:

    Foudn the perfect soudntrack. Give it a shot. Start them both at the same time….


  8. Works pretty well to Yakety Sax. Because every video works when accompanied by Yakety Sax.

  9. It’s exactly how bits of food gather around the plug hole in my kitchen sink.

    Makes you think.

    About cleaning the sink.

  10. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Goes well with “Are You Ready for This?”


  11. s2redux says:

    To match the clip’s 2:17 duration and be suitably themed, you could try Flying (The Beatles), Become Life (Bob Holroyd), Twilight in the Magic Forest (“Best of the Pleiades” album), or O Tempo Samba by Grupo Batuque (great sound for the visuals; the thematic connection is via the Far Out label ;-)

  12. It needs the Discordance from 2001: Space Odyssey 

  13. this is not only the right length but i would argue the write tone/theme:


  14. miasm says:

    Blush Response – Vangelis.
    Set about 1:38 of the song relative to the start of the video.
    Edit: perhaps that should be… 1.37

  15. xzzy says:

    Only soundtrack it needs is a scientist talking about the animation, identifying key points as it plays to aid in the educational aspect.

    It’s pretty informative like it is, but there’s nothing quite like someone with a doctorate creating some background with additional facts.

  16. That’s just unspeakably beautiful.

  17. sillyrabbi says:

    I would suggest Journey of the Sorcerer by The Eagles.  Why?  Because TIL that the BBC used a freaking Eagles song as the theme for the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


  18. Dan Century says:

    Feel free to download and remix one or more of my many space-inspired songs http://soundcloud.com/milkshake-daddy/sets/songs-about-outer-space  and use it for this. I’m busy with Sandy related issues, otherwise I’d whip something up. Click the down-pointing arrows to download.

  19. errata says:

    I know exactly a song that could be awesome with this video, the Monty python’s galaxy song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqtdpuZxvk

  20. Andreas Beer says:

    My favourite track for this video would be Cafe del Mar – Ar Rahman – Mumbai Theme Tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdzHJs0t6WM

  21. Cowicide says:

    The galaxy is happy to be born, alive and kicking it.  It’s thrilled with all the hot damn, paydirt matter it acquires as it blossoms and energizes.  I originally created this song some years ago, but just edited a little today to better fit the NASA video.


  22. rustlem says:

    By chance I happened to be listening to “Evening Star” by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. Worked for me.

  23. Boundegar says:

    People really hate silence, it seems.

  24. Ms. Anne Thrope says:

    Try it with a little classical: Debussy’s Clair de lune or Arabesque No. 1  

  25. da_phonz says:

    this track might be over excited for it.