I've been enjoying reading Andy Weir's The Martian during my commute — waiting for the train, riding the train. I didn't know about the book until I saw a trailer for the movie and knowing I probably would not get to the movies anytime soon I'd read the book! There are lots of fun math and science terms - some real, some creatively invented for the story. In this track, I used all "live" instruments. I recorded the drums on my son's mini-Ludwig kit. And I used my Rocksmith cable to add the bass and two guitar parts. One of the parts used a GarageBand preset called "The Condensator" which sounded like something the protagonist on Mars (in the book) would use.
The source video I used with Explain Everything in the creation above is from a royalty free collection offered by NASA and I guess the Department of Defense. I needed to register for an account and state that I was a member/associate of the military or a reporter from a media outlet or a blogger. I believe I qualify for that last one, It is called "The Mars Show."
The credit information is: A collection of pans and zooms on highlight images from the Spirit and Opportunity missions. Compiled for display in von Karman Auditorium at the 2004 JPL Open House. Master: DVCPro50. Audio 1: Mono mix. 2: Mono mix. NASA Identifier: AVC-2005-012-1.
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