Flying Saucer (Out of this World): the single made by aliens

‘Flying Saucer (Out of this World)’ is an original piece, which, in place of the more conventional song lyric, uses sections of narrative discussing the phenomenon of the flying saucer. The main material is taken from a famous 1949 broadcast ‘The Case of the Flying Saucer’ featuring legendary presenter Edward R Murrow whose iconic delivery lends a strong period flavour to the track’s ambience. The record is also in some ways reminiscent of the ‘break-in’ genre, first popularized by Buchanan and Goodman in 1956 with their record, ‘The Flying Saucer’. This featured scripted spoof radio announcements woven around excerpts from well known rock ‘n’ roll records of the era to highly comedic effect. Wishing to avoid the expense of licensing such material Marrington decided instead to create a new song designed to provide an atmospheric backdrop to the radio presenter’s commentary, with a hook built around the pitch manipulated words ‘Flying Saucer’. The introductory morse code bleeps and newsflash commentary announcing the discovery of the Roswell disc suggested the song’s somewhat militaristic rhythmic groove which persists throughout the track. Other sounds on the record include the theremin which became a ubiquitous Sci-Fi B movie cliché (e.g. in the classic 1951 film, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’), the Hammond organ, and guitars processed using period modelled tremolo and spring reverb. Additional sound effects were home made using synthesizers or taken from royalty free effects libraries.

The track has been created as part of Marrington’s ongoing ‘MadeinMIDI’ project, an exploration of the one-hit wonder novelty record and its place in popular culture. The project also has its objective to demonstrate that pop records can be constructed from start to finish using computer software and distributed with great ease via the internet. Other releases include ‘Cars’, ‘Starlet’, ‘Telephone’ and ‘Not the Olympics’. Marrington suggests that the formula for this particular track owes something to previous chart toppers, Paul Hardcastle’s ‘19’ and Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen’ both of which feature narration set to music.