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|Manchester Evening News
2 July 2009
ROLLER-SKATING on Jodrell Bank, playing xylophone with Patrick Moore and sampling pulsar noises from outer space. Chorlton musician and former 808 State member Graham Massey is a self-confessed space geek.
ROLLER-SKATING on Jodrell Bank, playing xylophone with Patrick Moore and sampling pulsar noises from outer space.
Chorlton musician and former 808 State member Graham Massey is a self-confessed space geek.
"I’ve been a bit of a space nerd since I was kid..." he admits, explaining: "I was at a very impressionable age when the moon landings were going on." Indulging his inner space geek, the former Factory Records musician is organising a party in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the moon landings which exploits every possible space cliche imaginable.
The dad-of-one, who lives near Chorlton Green, said: "I think people who lived through the moon landings are always more nostalgic about it because it was a time when it seemed the future was going to happen."
Orbiting the fringes of the Manchester International Festival, Graham’s Moon Landing Party will see artists, musicians and writers coming together in a ‘space cabaret’ at Salford’s Islington Mill for a celebration of the Apollo 11 mission, which reached the moon on July 20 , 1969
As well as building their own lunar module using foil and bamboo, music chosen by Neil Armstrong to listen to as he blasted off into space will also be performed by Manchester duo May Ming.
Graham, now in new band Sisters of Transistors, will also be performing ‘Pulsar’, music created using radio signal recordings collected at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank telescope. "They don’t often let people go in the dish but I was invited to go rollerskating on it in 1998 and I collected some samples of pulsars." said Graham. "If you speed up them up or slow them down they can sound like African rhythms or organ music."
The Moon Landing Party is possibly the most exciting gig for space nerds since Graham performed with D’Ream musician turned astrophysics professor Brian Cox and astronomer Patrick Moore at Manchester University’s science music evening in 1998.
He said: "I think the moon landing is man’s greatest achievement, so we should celebrate it."
The event will be held on Sunday July 19 at Islington Mill, Salford. Tickets can be bought on the door for £8.
By Amy Glendinning