On October 13, 2021, I travelled to space alongside Star Trek’s William Shatner, Audrey Powers, and the late Glen de Vries on Blue Origin’s 2nd human spaceflight, becoming only the 3rd Australian, and the first electronic music producer, to venture into the great unknown of space.
Photography and Editing: Ryan Johnson/The Light Spell
To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of this historic flight, I released a triumphant new song and cinematic music video, entitled “The Great Unknown.” An up-tempo and unashamedly optimistic number, the song celebrates the joys of exploration, curiosity and spirit of adventure.
The music video, dedicated to my crewmates, debuts never-before-seen footage from our trip to space aboard the New Shepard rocket, courtesy of Blue Origin, and is mixed with newly filmed story elements to create an inspiring and heartwarming story of a young boy growing up to realise his dream of one day going to space.
The music video was produced in collaboration with San Francisco Bay Area-based media company, Maximum Flavor, and New York-based production company, Story Developing. It is co-directed by Ryan Lynch, director of the award-winning episodic series documenting the development of Kerbal Space Program 2, and Mark Heim, whose music videos and other productions feature frequently in film festivals. The video is notable because the new material was shot on film, something rare these days.
“The Great Unknown” was co-written by myself and former Motown staff writer, Alan Roy Scott, whose credits include Celine Dion, Cyndi Lauper, Notorious B.I.G., Luther Vandross, Cher, Sheena Easton, and many others. The song was mixed collaboratively by Bill Simpkins at Alpenglow Sound Studios and synthwave artist Color Theory, with Simpkins providing additional production. It was mastered by Grammy-nominated and Juno Award winning mastering engineer Greg Mindorff at Suite Sound Labs, Vancouver BC.
This is the first song from my new space-themed EP, scheduled for release in early 2024. Two more music videos will follow, showing the spaceflight experience in new and inspiring ways. This music video premiered on Youtube on Friday Oct 13, 2023, and the song is available on all music streaming services.
Are you interested in getting involved in the space industry? Check out some of these resources to get started or expand your toolkit: https://drchrispy.com/space-resources/
“The Great Unknown” Lyrics
Written by Chris Boshuizen & Alan Roy Scott
I've always had a vision since I was a child, that I could reach out for the stars I saw shooting across the sky. I knew someday I'd get there, without a shadow of a doubt. I just had faith that it would happen, and that's what hope's about. Then my friend called me out of the blue, said my wildest dreams are coming true! Lift your head up! Eyes wide open! No more waiting! Get on board, we're finally going! You got one life to seize the moment. We're psyched up ready for this journey to the great unknown! Ooh! You know it! Ooh! To the Great Unknown! And now we're here together, sharing the same dream. We’re turning the impossible into reality. A search for new perspectives, imagination taking flight. The joy in finding more to learn and the future still is bright. The countdown has begun. This crew of four now all rise as one! Lift your head up! Eyes wide open! No more waiting! Get on board, we're finally going. You’ve got one life so seize the moment. We're psyched up ready for this journey to the great unknown! This song is for that star crossed dreamer who grew up to be me, to be me! You know it! Ooh-ooh-oh! Ooh-woah-oh-ah! You got one life, oh yeah you know it! Seize the moment! My wildest dream is coming true. I couldn't ask for a better crew! Lift your head up! Eyes wide open! No more waiting! Get on board, we're finally going. You’ve got one life so seize the moment We're psyched up ready for this journey to the great unknown! Lift your head up! Eyes wide open! There’s no more waiting! So get on board we're finally going. We’ve got one life so we gotta seize the moment. We're psyched up ready for this journey to the great unknown!