Spaaaaace... laaaaaab...
July 21, 2018 5:23 PM   Subscribe

Kraftwerk's live shows are known for being fairly regimented affairs, but at the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart, the band was joined by a special guest for a performance of "Spacelab": ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is currently stationed about the ISS. (SLYT)
posted by SansPoint (9 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
My hometown!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:43 PM on July 21, 2018

I don't know what I'm more jealous of: being in space or playing with Kraftwerk.
posted by jonathanhughes at 6:16 PM on July 21, 2018 [7 favorites]

Shaving your head in space can't be easy.
posted by Fupped Duck at 8:07 PM on July 21, 2018

That was great.
posted by soundguy99 at 10:03 PM on July 21, 2018

Sehr Geil! Fantastiche!
posted by droplet at 12:11 AM on July 22, 2018 [1 favorite]

This was amazing. I'm actually crying as I watch it. Kraftwerk for me has always been about the liberatory potential of technology, and its power to connect and uplift us. The sheer ingenuity it has taken - over decades, even centuries - to make this moment possible is awe-inspiring. This video needs to be shown to every small-minded, petty creature that wants to break up our great efforts to transcend our limits. Science is great. Art is great. The nexus of art and science is greater still.
posted by prismatic7 at 3:40 AM on July 22, 2018 [4 favorites]

It's adorable how deeply that "Close Encounters" note sequence is imbedded into everyone's head as "space music" now.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:30 AM on July 22, 2018 [4 favorites]

A friend of mine sent me this last night, and I can't find words for how fantastic this is. When I see stuff like this, I always wonder what the original conversation sparking it was like:

"Hey, you know our song, Spacelab? Wouldn't it be cool if we could play it with one of the astronauts, like, on the space station? Let's do that."
posted by bile and syntax at 8:39 AM on July 22, 2018 [1 favorite]

posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 9:00 AM on July 22, 2018

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