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Clair de Lune by Debussy | Artemis Music

Clair de Lune by Debussy | Artemis Music

This special rendition of Debussy's Clair de Lune (‘Moonlight’), commissioned by Artemis Music LLC and performed by internationally renowned pianist Wing-Chong Kam, was beamed into space and orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station on July 28th, 2021, in commemoration of the timeless beauty of Claude Debussy's masterpiece and in celebration of the unity of music for all humankind. Visualizations of the Moon courtesy of the NASA Scientific Visualizations Studio, with digital 3D data captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

The cosmic perspective of space inspires a cognitive shift in humans. Debussy’s Clair de Lune perhaps comes as close as possible to stirring the emotions of awe and wonder experienced by space travelers. 

The universe is full of music, and we humans are learning how to use music to not only understand the science of the universe, but to grasp our place in it.

“Music is what happens in the space between the notes.”

- Claude Debussy


Title: Clair de Lune

Composer: Claude Debussy

Performed by: Wing-Chong Kam

Recording engineer: Sierra Tse

Recording venue: Music Twelve, Hong Kong

Recording date: July 19, 2021

Publisher: Artemis Music LLC


Background: Claude Debussy’s classic masterpiece ‘Clair de Lune’ (‘Moonlight) became the first non-fungible token (NFT) music to be sent into space and to orbit Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in a test of the Artemis Space Network—a space-based commercial media platform supporting a new era of music and entertainment industry connectivity to outer space. The test occurred on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, between approximately 12:47pm and 2:28pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). To perform the test, Artemis Music Entertainment Inc, a Cape Canaveral based venture founded by space entrepreneur Bob Richards and singer-songwriter Kristopher Houck, partnered with Nanoracks LLC, a leading global provider of commercial space services that provided the first permanent, privately owned and funded, commercial infrastructure to the International Space Station. The company’s “Bishop” airlock, attached to the ISS in December 2020, was the host of the Clair de Lune digital payload as it orbited Earth following transmission from the Nanoracks mission control center in Houston, Texas.

Proceeds from the space-flown recording support the empowerment of young artists, creators, and musicians.

Wing-Chong Kam: A native of Hong Kong, Wing-Chong Kam has performed in major cities on 4 continents and has collaborated with world renowned conductors and orchestras. He won the first prize of the 4th Junior Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the 1997 Hong Kong International Piano Competition and the second prize of the CSMTA Young Artist Piano Competition.

Kam began his piano studies at the age of 5 and has studied with distinguished pianists and pedagogues Eleanor Wong and Boris Berman. He received full scholarships and awards for his undergraduate and doctoral studies.

Kam has taught at Yale and Hong Kong Summer Music since 2002. He is currently a part-time teaching faculty at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has previously served as a chamber music and vocal coach as well as an adjudicator for several local and overseas competitions.

Wing-Chong Kam's profile at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil):

Learn more about the Artemis Space Network:

Credit: Artemis Music LLC

Moon Video: NASA's Scientific Visualizations Studio

Duration: 5 minutes, 52 seconds

Release Date: August 2, 2021

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