OddityViz - Recording by Valentina D'Efilippo and Miriam Quick


The second record in the OddityViz series deconstructs Bowie’s Space Oddity into its eight original master tracks, released in 2009 as part of a special edition marking the song’s 40th anniversary.

The instrumentation of Space Oddity is distinctive and complex. There are two string tracks, and two flutes (both in track C). Bowie’s 12-string acoustic guitar plays almost constantly, stopping only during the liftoff section (section 3). The song features two vintage synthesizers – a Mellotron and a Stylophone – whose breathy eccentricities give it a kind of broken-down, retro-futuristic sheen: ‘Here am I sitting in a tin can’.

Some of the song’s hallmarks are clearly visible, too. You can see the spoken countdown (‘ten, nine, eight…’) in the backing vocal (track B) in section 2 at around two o’clock on the record, the separate numbers marked with stars. The next section is the ‘liftoff’ interlude, where the string parts work up to a crescendo as the rocket takes off, before dropping right down again for the first verse: ‘This is Ground Control to Major Tom / You’re really made the grade’. You can also see Bowie’s distinctive handclaps in the two breaks at around six and nine o’clock, which the designers marked with two triangles.


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The core of the project OddityViz by Velentina D’Efilippo e Miriam Quick is a series of 10 specially engraved records. Each 12-inch disc deconstructs the track in a different way: melodies, harmonies, lyrics, structure, story and other aspects of the music and lyrics are transformed into new visual systems. OddityViz awarded at the 2017 Information is Beautiful Awards.

Additional information

Weight0.4 kg
Dimensions40 × 40 cm



Customized cardboard