Laika's Last Orbit

from a decade dreaming by dreamSTATE

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Recorded 2005 04 27 at Hacienda in Toronto
(Scott M2 + Jamie Todd)

We couldn't track down the tapes we were seeking for 2006 or 2004
and so substituted extra pieces from other shows in 2005 & 2003.

This extract from 2005 gave me a feeling of loneliness, space, and the sense of technology failing. I titled it to honour Laika, a stray dog captured and drafted by the Soviet Space Program to be launched into space on November 3, 1957.

Premier Nikita Khrushchev had decreed that a spacecraft be launched for the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution to surpass their launch of Sputnik 1, the first earth orbital satellite, on October 4th, 1957. With only a month to design and build Sputnik 2, the scientists created no plan for Laika's safe return.

Although Laika's experience was kept secret for many decades, it has been revealed that she passed away from the heat (as the cooling system failed) and the stress from the launch after only 5 to 7 hours in orbit. (Each orbit took 96 minutes.) 5 months later Sputnik 2 burned up in re-entry to Earth's atmosphere.

Laika was the first earth being to die in outer space. - Scott M2

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from a decade dreaming, released August 18, 2009
Scott M2 and Jamie Todd

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dreamSTATE Toronto, Ontario

Founded in 1995, the dreamSTATE duo of Scott M2 and Jamie Todd are a Canadian ambient music group best known for their soundscape installations and trailblazing live ambient and drone music performances.

They also curate the long-running AMBiENT PiNG concert series in Toronto and are founders of the DRONE:KLUB community drone-improv group.
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