High Strangeness: Daft Punk -- Contact!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Daft Punk -- Contact!

I don't normally do music reviews here, since this is a blog about UFOs, but something's come up that I need to write about.

The past few weeks have been very interesting for me as a UFO writer/researcher/investigator, with all sorts of synchronicities and strange convergences occurring in every aspect of my life. Which I have been enjoying tremendously. I haven't written much about it because I'm waiting to see where it will all lead, but something curious came up this morning that I wanted to write about immediately, just because it's so cool...

My 53rd birthday was a couple weeks ago, and presents are still trickling in, thank God; I really believe that birthdays should last a month, but that's neither here nor there. The point is that just yesterday I got a box from Amazon, and it turned out to be a present from my oldest son and his girlfriend. And an awesome gift it was: the new Daft Punk CD, "Random Access Memories." The disc is fantastic from beginning to end, and I'm not surprised to see that it holds the #1 spot on the Billboard charts.
What did the Apollo astronauts see on their way to the moon? Besides the moon, I mean.
The first thing that I loved about the CD was "Giorgio by Moroder," the shout out to disco/synthpop/movie soundtrack God Giorgio Moroder, who scored everything from "Neverending Story" to "Cat People" to the sublime disco re-imagining of Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction film "Metropolis." It's a beautiful track.

What really grabbed me, though, was the final track, entitled "Contact." It starts out with a recording of NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan aboard the Apollo 17 space capsule describing the UFO that he and his crewmates Jack Schmitt and Ronald Evans, are seeing out their window...
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“Hey Bob, I’m looking at what Jack was talking about and it’s definitely not a particle that’s nearby. It is a bright object and it’s obviously rotating because it’s flashing, it’s way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the earth it’s up at about 11 o’clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame…Earth diameters. I don’t know whether that does you any good, but there’s something out there.” 

Of course, Cernan, Schmitt and Evans were not the only astronauts to have reported seeing UFOs in space, and I'm not sure why Daft Punk chose this particular incident, or why NASA gave them permission to use it, but on a purely aesthetic level it sure works. A very clever person has synched up the song to the final reel of "2001: A Space Odyssey," which I enjoyed quite a bit, but you don't need the video to enjoy the track... It's kind of cool and mystifying to hear the voice of a US astronaut reporting a UFO in real time.

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