Nelly Ben Hayoun featured in Musik Express

5th March 2018, Berlin, Germany

Nelly has been featured in this months issue of Musik Express' print magazine.

The Musikexpress is a German magazine that mainly deals with music. In addition to extensive interviews and articles on important musicians from the rock , electro , hip-hop , pop and independent sectors, there are reviews of sound recordings, concert reports as well as articles on pop literature, pop art, movies and DVDs. Each issue is accompanied by a CD accompanying the topics of the respective issue. At irregular intervals, the magazine also comes with extras like 7-inch vinyl singles, books, calendars and DVDs.

In this interview Nelly talks about The International Space Orchestra a project created in collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Life), Singularity University, and the International Space University,and featuring original music by BECKPENGUIN CAFE‘s ARTHUR JEFFESBlur and Gorillaz frontman DAMON ALBARN with BOBBY WOMACK and producer Richard Russell, arranged by GORILLAZ Musical Director MIKE SMITH; and Japanese superstar and Otamatone inventor, MAYWA DENKI. With lyrics by science fiction author BRUCE STERLING and writer JASMINA TESANOVIC. Musical director: Two time Grammy-Award winner EVAN PRICE.

For the performance Ground Control: An Opera in Space, NBH Studio assembled a group of NASA space scientists and astronauts to participate in a musical retelling of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Ben Hayoun describes the collaboration, which premiered in front of the world’s largest wind tunnel (80x 120 feet) in NASA’s Ames Research Center on September 6th 2012  (see Teaser here), California, and San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall with a live performance with BECK, ‘a call to imagine and disrupt future human relations to science – to adapt science to our creative needs’. Ground Control: An Opera in Space was recorded at Skywalker RanchGeorge Lucas‘ studio, where Star Wars was developed.

In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival where it was acclaimed by the critic as a “masterpiece” (Independent Cinema Office, ICO), a “real achievement” (DOMUS),”as thrilling as watching a rocket launch” and “Spine Tingling” (The Guardian).

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