KARMA developer, Stephen Kay releases Challenger 25th Anniversary Tribute created on the new Korg 28/01/11
anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster occurs today,
Friday, January 28, 2011. KARMA Developer Stephen Kay, working with the new Korg KRONOS, has released a tribute song/video to commemorate it. Here's the vid and the press release that he has sent us...
Accompanied by his long-time partner David Alvey on guitars and backing
vocals, Kay used the new Korg KRONOS to record all of the keyboard, synth
and drum parts for the resurrection of his 25 year old original composition
"The Challenger (Where No One's Gone Before)". "25 years ago, right after the event when I wrote and recorded a version of
this song, the Internet was nothing like it is now," comments Kay. "There
was no YouTube, no Facebook or Twitter - no social networking sites and
forums to release this on myself. While I received some great responses and
positive interest, I was unsuccessful in getting it released back then."
In early 2010 Kay, now the developer of KARMA Technology at Karma-Lab and a
partner with Korg and Yamaha, discovered that the 25th anniversary of the
disaster was approaching, so he re-visited his effort and realized that
perhaps the song might finally be able to find an appreciative audience.
Kay found a challenge of his own in resurrecting the song: the tracks and
the equipment used to play them were now decades old, and it would be
difficult to restore them, particularly as the original master tape was
decomposing and decaying. He could have re-recorded the song anew, though it
had been years since he had regularly performed, but he felt the emotion
held in his original performance would be more appropriate and vital. He
found help restoring the tapes into new digital files, and brought his old
equipment out of storage, including his now 30-year-old Apple II+ computer,
which he successfully nursed back into working order.
The story of this process, which he figures may be of most interest to
musicians and recording geeks, is related on his site
ChallengerTributeSong.com with great care and comprehensive detail, along
with the history of the Challenger mission, the astronauts, and other
resources related to the production of the song and video.
In all, the project took some six months to complete. Not wishing to gain
from this financially, he hopes that it will encourage donations to the
Challenger Center for Space Science Education, founded by Challenger family
members, (www.challenger.org). And he merely wishes to once again take the
chance to convey the heartfelt message of hope and inspiration to all who
would challenge the odds, and to remind the world that it's with the brave
that the future lies. More information: