Stella, a musical tribute to the space


On 7th March Stella will be presented at the ESA's launch event of Satellite 2B

On 7th March, for the first time in its history, Fabrica will participate, obviously in its own way, in a space mission: a team of Fabrica researchers has been invited to join the European Space Agency’s launch event for the Earth observation satellite Sentinel 2B. The event will take place in ESA’s mission control centre ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany.

Francesco Novara, Laura Sans and Kenzi Benabdallah are respectively the author, the videomaker and the creative director of “Stella”, a composition and a music video inspired by the sounds and sonifications of ESA’s Rosetta Mission and in particular the ‘singing comet’ and other audio from ESA’s SoundCloud. The original sources from ESA’s Sound Library have been sampled, processed, reconstructed and synthesized in a musical tribute to find comfort and recognition in far-away places. The accompanying music video is a visual expedition that explains outer space through objects within our surroundings. Using ESA’s archive of space imagery, Fabrica found the resemblance within our own planet.

The launch event involves a broad public of space lovers and media people invited by ESA and includes a specific moment dedicated to the Fabrica team and Stella, in an exciting night that will have its climax at 2:49 CET, when the satellite will be launched to space from Europe’s spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana.

Music by Francesco Novara, released under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Sounds from ‘A singing comet’ used:

Original Data Credit: ESA/Rosetta/RPC/RPC-MAG
Sonification: TU Braunschweig/IGEP/Manuel Senfft, CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Special thanks to:
Marco Trovatello, Cross-Media Coordinator & Strategy Advisor
ESA Communication Department
Fabrizio L’Abbate, PhD, Head of Corporate Design and Graphics
ESA Communication Department

Oasi Cervara