In 1977 the NASA sent two golden records into space. Two golden records that will most likely float through space for the next 500 million years.
There are a few instructions on the cover on how to get them to work. And once they do, they’ll play a mixture of Brahms, a children’s choir, car sounds, grocery stores, typical city sounds, peruvian pan pipes as well as Bach.
But earth isn’t flat and will most likely not survive the next 500 million years. And that is how it came that five young guys chose to represent the sound of today’s society and show future life forms what the world sounds like and not what it sounded like.
The rocket launches, as we hear the first chord. It’s destination being space. It’s going up and up, and as it goes the band gets a first glimpse of earth from above.
But of course nobody can tell stories about a planet and it’s people just by looking at it. So they take out the telescope and zoom in. Cities, countries, cultures or spectacles of nature. With the speed of Drum’n’Bass they fly through the galaxy, only to get a glimpse of all the different places on earth.
They find themselves in the narrow and bustling alleys of Istanbul, but moments later they’re on their way to Brooklyn, NY to experience dirty and rough Dub & Hip-Hop-beats. Inspired by the infinity and beauty of space as well as the artistic freedom of Jazz, past and current quotations, samples, pictures and video, the old and the new. All of that they combine with their very personal experiences and influences, and with the stories of the ROCKET MEN.
These five young men will take you on a musical journey through space, cultures, society and lives. They will show you what today’s planet sounds like.
© Robin Alberding