The European Space Agency made history this week by landing the first spacecraft, the Philae Lander of the Rosetta mission, on the surface of a comet 4 billion miles away from Earth.
They also released three videos celebrating Philae’s Journey, scored by Vangelis.
The music of Vangelis has long been associated with space exploration, since his album Albedo 0.39 and the use of his music in the original Cosmos. The ESA commissioned Vangelis to compose three pieces for the Rosetta mission.
The embed above features the new Vangelis composition Arrival. Below, the videos feature Philae’s Journey and Rosetta’s Waltz.
“Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood,” said Vangelis. “And they were always connected somehow with the music I write.”
The three tracks are closer in style to the symphonic electronica scores Vangelis created for Alexander and Mythodea than his earlier music.
Unfortunately, the new Vangelis music is truncated abruptly in the videos, and it’s not available independent of the videos at this time.