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Atmospheres: The Surreal Side of the Moon

To mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landings, Dazed presents an exclusive excerpt from a new arrangement of Brian Eno's 'Apollo'

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To celebrate tonight's 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, musicians Icebreaker, BJ Cole, Douglas Benford and Iris Garrelfs will be performing a new live arrangement of Brian Eno's 'Apollo' at London's Science Museum, alongside new material based on recordings from space. The first of the two performances will be introduced by the man himself, who composed the 1983 album Apollo (Atmospheres & Soundtracks) to accompany NASA's stock footage of the landings. The project later became the 1989 film for All Mankind – clips of which will be shown on the museum's giant IMAX screen. In the album liner notes, Eno wrote that the music was “an opportunity to explore the feeling of space travel: being weightless, seeing the night-time campfires of Saharan Nomads from high above the Earth, looking back to a little blue planet drifting alone in Space, looking out into the endless darkness beyond, and finally, stepping onto another planet.”

Dazed Digital got the chance to listen in on the rehearsals, and can bring you an exclusive excerpt from the track "Deep Blue Day". Accompanying the music are images from super/collider’s recent Apollo77 exhibition; a collection of “rough, rare and weird” images from the missions which shows the more surreal and sublime side of America’s lunar adventure.

All images: NASA

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