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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Space Flute

Tuesday was the 50th anniversary of one of civilization's greatest achievements -- Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space. To mark the occasion, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman (aboard the International Space Station) and Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson (in Perm, Russia) collaborated on an earth-and-space flute duet,

The original idea was to have the two perform "Bouree" (from Tull's 1969 album, "Stand Up") simultaneously, but because of the delay in radio transmission, they couldn't get the synch right. Instead, Coleman recorded her part first, then Anderson added his, and here's the result...

[thanks to Stuart Snyder for the link]