BBC Radio 2's celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing continues with Eye To The Telescope, in which KT Tunstall gives a personal take on our continuing fascination with the final frontier.
When KT Tunstall was a little girl, her physicist father used to take her to the St Andrews Observatory, thus beginning a lifelong fascination with space travel which inspired her first album, Eye To The Telescope.
She's not alone. From the early days of the space programme, artists have been intrigued by the wonders of the universe and the possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth, as well as the implications for the future. While astronauts explored the boundaries of space, musicians realised they could explore new musical frontiers and started experimenting with recording techniques and synthesisers.
Set against a soundtrack of music inspired by space, this is KT Tunstall's personal take on our continuing fascination with the final frontier. Contributors include Paul Hartnoll of Orbital, Scottish band The Aliens, Dave Brock of Hawkwind and the writer and film critic, Kim Newman.
Presenter KT Tunstall, Producer Lynsey Moyes
From The Radio Times
KT Tunstall seems at first an odd choice to present this space-themed nostalgia fest, the link apparently being that the title of her debut album - Eye to the Telescope - conjures up an image of stargazing. But the Scottish singer, who reminisces about visiting the observatory with her physicist father, in fact takes a keen interest in the final frontier. This fascinating programme casts its net wide, taking in everything from Neil Armstrong's reactions to 2001: a Space Odyssey to the links between space and rock 'n' roll (think Bill Haley and His Comets.) It's also a great excuse to play music by Bowie and Kate Bush.
-- Jess Bowie
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