True, it’s the 40th Anniversary of the moon landing. But it’s also the 40th Anniversary of David Bowie’s space trip Space Oddity. What better way to celebrate than with access to stems like the “little mouse fart” sound effect? (Seriously. Maybe it was a space mouse?)

EMI is re-releasing Space Oddity on a special EP with all the versions — mono and stereo, US and original, and the 1979 re-record. Buy that for US$5.99 on iTunes, and you get the stems, too, including the lovely Mellotron line, the vocals, guitar, instrumentals — heck, there’s even a nice Stylophone stem. For people who don’t have their own remix software, EMI is offering the free PC/Mac iKlax Creator Standard, though I expect you’ll be happier with your tool of choice.

For an additional US$1.99, though, you can get an interactive remix app for the iPhone with still more stems. Interestingly, you can also use this as an on-the-go interactive player for Space Oddity, so you can trip out and get stoned with your iPhon um, yes, erm, relax on your sofa with a special mix of Space Oddity. Shake it, and the accelerometer sensor tells the app to make a random mix for you.

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iPhone apps are groovy, but — sorry to say it, folks, the 1969 video is way, way, way groovier. Huge missed opportunity, EMI: you could have created an iPhone camera app that would have simulated the reflective tube effect in the classic Bowie video. Any takers?

The EP itself, though, is better news. There was a 1999 “digital remaster,” but this release comes closer to the original goodness.

Space Oddity has a special place in the hearts of CDM since “oddities” is the catch-all category for everything out of the ordinary in a special way.

So, yes, it’s yet another remix-iPhone app-record promotion, but, come on … it’s Bowie. It’s Space Oddity. It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. (You want trippy? Humans walking on the moon can blow even a 2009 mind.) And it’s also an excuse to embed this video:

  • Kathal

    i am a very happy camper, bowie multitracks? im not sure the world could be any nicer to me

  • There's another Bowie/Moon connection this week: the movie Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, written & directed by a certain Duncan Jones, was released. I saw it last night, and can safely call it the best Hard SF film you might see all year. Cracking soundtrack from Clint Mansell too.

  • Roger

    "The item you've requested is not currently available in the US store."


  • velocipede

    I am excited about the stems but not the iPhone App, which seems to be no more than volume fader controls.

  • Roger — which isn't available? I just bought the album here in the US, no problem.

    But yeah, I agree, the release is the real story… app not so much.

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  • Roger

    Peter: that's the iTunes error message I get when I click "Buy it on iTunes" at But when I searched for the EP in the Store, I was able to buy it. Go figure.

  • Bowie has an uncanny ability to reinvent himself and look like a different man every decade, look even more handsome, and still be at the forefront of music production. in fact his music usually sounds better after a while has passed. i love the berlin trilogy he did with eno when he was coming down from the 70s in germany…

    shame he wasn't a visualist 😉

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  • What version is that in the video? I've never heard it before. It's blowing my mind.

  • RonBaker2003

    I was going to spend today on this song…remixing it till I couldn't remix it anymore…unfortunately it is not available at the US iTunes store…drat!

  • Joe The Wizard: "What version is that in the video? I’ve never heard it before. It’s blowing my mind."

    It's the original 1969 version. It's supposed to blow your mind. 😉

    Peter Kirn: "iPhone apps are groovy, but — sorry to say it, folks, the 1969 video is way, way, way groovier."

    No, iPhone apps are not groovy. Super toys for super creeps?