Apollo Mars

This footage of the Apollo 11 launch in combination with Holst’s Mars is glorious. Those wonderful F-1 engines have never looked better. (Last post on this topic for awhile, I promise.)


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  1. So that’s where that “dun dun dun dun dun DAH DAH dun dun dun” thing you hear in ever fucking dramatic military-esque movie sequence comes from.

    Also, I’m pretty sure the same rhythm was used for that commercial for Venture Brothers Season 2 or 3, where the buttery fly guys are going “dun dun dun dadada dun dun dun” as they get ready to reassembly and bust the Monarch out of prison. have to youtube it to check for sure.

  2. ratchetcat,

    Now that you mention it, I think it was used in The Right Stuff, too.

  3. ratchetcat,

    But just look at the structure and clarity of that rocket exhaust!

  4. Speaking of structure and clarity of rocket exhaust, did you catch the launch vid of the Falcon 1 that went up last week? It was pretty awesome, they had thruster-cam footage the whole way up, so you could see the bell of exhaust expanding as the atmospheric pressure eased on the way up.

    I asked a friend of mine if he remember that Venture Bros. commercial and he was like “Oh, the one with Mars by Holst?” … and I was like “You… know that?” Sometimes my friends turn out to be even more awesome than I have expected.

    So I was correct. Still can’t find a copy of the commercial on the internets though :/

    I’m pretty sure if we go and get clips of every epic battle scene in every Hollywood movie .. ever… it will have musical genetics from Mars.

    In fact I’m pretty sure the Imperial March from star wars uses the same note intervals as the main theme from Mars, though the rhythm of the Imperial March is pretty generic. Listening again, I’m pretty sure almost everything in the Star Wars music was cribbed from Holst.

  5. Tested my theory – the note sequence from the Imp March is 1-4-2 (irrespective of rhythm) and the note sequence from Mars is 1-4-3 – not quite the same, but then again, there’s only so much you can do with tonal music anyway. 🙂

    In John Williams defense, a movie is produced, then the producers come to him and say “We want music sounding like this guy for this scene. We want music sounding like this other guy for this other scene.” etc. etc… “You have 3 weeks to develop and perform a full symphonic accompaniement for this film”