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|Calling Occupants: Blur Send Music to Mars
- Interplanetary craft gets Britpop signature tune
DAVID BOWIE was probably the first pop star to visit our sister planet, albeit in his imagination when, as Ziggy Stardust, he played guitar with backing band the Spiders from Mars.
But now Britpop pioneers Blur aim to go one better and send some of their music to the Red Planet, on board the Beagle 2, a British space mission set for launch in 2003. The idea is that when Beagle 2 arrives on Mars, the first signal it will send back to Earth will be a tune especially penned by Blur, rather than the more traditional computer code.
"Blur could provide both media appeal and this signal for us," said project maestro Colin Pillinger, whose scheme hopes to find signs of life on Mars.
As to the music itself, the Blur bassist Alex James likens it to "a musical cave painting, a ponderous, clear tune." James is well known for his interest in space exploration and has backed financially other interplanetary schemes.