David Bowie: Space Oddity (1969)

July 9, 2007

Has anyone analyzed David Bowie’s music? This is a fascinating song with a rather complicated structure. I hear a strong John Lennon influence, and specifically “A Day in the Life” (and to a lesser extent “I am the Walrus”) right up to the synthesizer climb at the end. We see all kinds of “space oddities:” an oscilloscope showing us a groovy representation of a pitch, a synthesizer module (I can’t place the model, looks home made), DB’s orange hair (was it really that distorted at the time or has time faded the orange?), and we KNOW David is an alien cuz he has no eyebrows — we even get a zoom-in later on to let us know.

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