Space Is Hell

by The Soviet Space Programme

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Vostok Zero, the first human spaceflight, was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soviet Union on 1st April 1961, piloted by Colonel Ivan Ivanovich – a cosmonaut whose name has been entirely expurgated from even the most restricted secret records of the Soviet Space Programme. During the launch, the Vostok-K carrier rocket, which had only ever been intended to place the spacecraft into Earth orbit, catastrophically malfunctioned, and instead sent Ivanovich hurtling off on a trajectory which would eventually carry him far beyond our solar system, into deep space, with no hope of return. The very existence of the ill-fated flight of the first man in space has of course never been officially acknowledged by either the Soviet or Russian authorities – and yet these remarkable recordings of Ivanovich's final transmission, received just before radio contact with Vostok Zero was lost forever, stand as testament to his untold story.

“Like Urthona meets Neil Young's 'Arc' on the corner of Kazakhstan and inner space, this is a terrifying drone monster.”
– The Seth Man

“Well worth the £6.66.”
– Riot Season Records

“...a nicely executed concept album, and easily one of the more intriguing noise tapes I've heard in a really long time. ...the completely hopeless and isolating experience you've all been waiting for.”
– Ongakubaka Records

“This ingeniously morbid concept album comes highly recommended to all fans of drone doom, fuzz-heavy psychedelia, and noise.”
– Foreign Accents

“The result could have been obscure, but it is not, and it is fun to get lost with Ivanovich in outer infinity.”
– Indie Rock Mag

“ interesting and immersive experience for experimental musicologists and interplanetary explorers to partake in. ”
– Ave Noctum

“ an alternate soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey.”
– Metal Trenches

“...the sounds of heavy resonance, rushing power, and isolation-enforcing studies in feedback all cluster around the sensation of being trapped in a piece of complex machinery in which something important has broken.”
– The Burning Beard

“...a good buy for fans of atmospheric noise/drone music.”
– the modern folk music of america

“Lovers of doom, drone and space, do not miss this album.”
– Stoner & More


released June 28, 2015

Composed & performed 1974 by Ivan Ivanovich in Vostok Zero. Recorded 1974 by the Soviet Space Programme at Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Soviet Union. Digitally remastered 2012 by Thomas Jude Barclay Morrison.



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