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Personal-Space Age Music

From Grzegorz Bojanek of Poland

Accompanied by archival footage from the height of the Space Age, the track “Quanta Skylab” by the Polish musician Grzegorz Bojanek is the background music you’re looking for right now. We’re all aboard a spacecraft at the moment, Starship Earth. We’re hurtling around the sun in our individual or shared cabins, waiting for our respective captains to give the all-clear alert. None of us expect that message to appear anytime soon. We’re balancing work and family, privacy and community, aspirations and needs, responsibilities and desires, and making the best of a bad, worldwide situation. Bojanek’s music is the proper room tone for such a scenario — for our Personal-Space Age — especially the more solitary moments. Its shifting drones match the way time feels fluid and confusing. It embraces the newfound quiet without presenting a challenge. And it introduces melodic fragments but never expects your full attention.

Video originally posted at Bojanek’s YouTube channel. More from him at bojanek.bandcamp.com

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Peggy Nelson
    [ Posted April 21, 2020, at 2:52 pm ]

    You’re right that’s exactly what I am looking for atm. Great stuff, thanks for highlighting it!

  2. Marc
    [ Posted April 22, 2020, at 12:07 am ]

    Glad you dug it. I played this on loop for hours at a time.

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