'Songs from a Tin Can': Chris Hadfield releasing album recorded in space
Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:33AM EDT
After rocketing to global fame with his out-of-this-world cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is releasing 11 new original songs—all recorded in space.
Hadfield says proceeds from sales of his new album, "Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can," to be released on Oct. 9, will benefit music education in Canada.
The first single, "Feet Up," is a cheerful ode to life in space, in which the astronaut-turned-singer-songwriter croons "Can't put my feet up, can't hold my lunch down, turning the sound up, I start to spin around."
Hadfield says he hopes the music, lyrics, and the unique circumstances of its creation will give listeners a taste of life in outer space.
"Maybe, like 'Oddity' did, (the album will) let people feel a little bit more what it's like to live on a space ship," he told CTV's Canada AM on Wednesday.
Hadfield served as the first-ever Canadian commander of the International Space Station in 2013. He spent a total of 144 days on board the station, and gained fame and popularity for his social media dispatches from outer space.
Looking back on the experience, Hadfield says recording an album at the space station was no simple task.
He set up his makeshift studio in zero-gravity conditions in a cramped area of the space ship, he said.
And after tinkering with a number of recording methods, he ended up using his laptop and Apple's GarageBand to record himself singing and strumming his Canadian-made guitar.
Many of the songs, Hadfield said, were inspired by his daily life at the space station, and the experience of watching the earth from above.
Another, "Beyond the Terra," was co-written by Hadfield's son.
"The feeling of hush and reverence when you are floating weightless at the window of the spaceship and watching the sunset pour across the world and thinking of what that's doing and the influence on lives, and how you have this privileged position to see it, it really changes how you feel," he said.
"I think it changes how you would paint or how you would write poetry, and it definitely affects how you write music."