Quindar is a groundbreaking project that links NASA’s history with music created by modern technology. Quindar employs synthesizers and laptops that sample sounds and voices from NASA archives. At live shows, the music is blended with images from NASA archives that are “mixed” in real time. The result is an immersive multi-media electronic music experience.
Quindar’s members include Mikael Jorgensen (of Grammy winning-band Wilco) and James Merle Thomas (a Ph.D scholar who has researched NASA’s visual iconography and former fellow at the National Air and Space Museum). Both speak about how the spirit and history of NASA has inspired their art down to the band’s name. A “quindar” is a beep sent for space communication.
Quindar will be in Iceland with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Iceland through the project Arts Envoy.