If you are looking for music from space, often called space ambient, for your planetarium, observatory, or stargazing/skywatching/astrophotography/astronomy study sessions, check out my YouTube channel, Space Ambient Relaxation (if you subscribe - THANK YOU!).
Space Ambient Relaxation Music
Besides doing astrophotography at night and working as an iOS software developer during the day, I'm also passionate about making music. I always wanted to combine those hobbies, and I recently got an idea to create some background ambient music for my astrophotography and skywatching sessions. This is how my new Space Ambient Relaxation YouTube channel was born!
If you are a fan of soothing, relaxing, moody, atmospheric, cinematic sci-fi space music, like:
- 2001 a Space Odyssey Music
- Blade Runner Vangelis Ambient Vibes
- Interstellar, Cyberpunk, Dune, Star Wars (Yoda theme!) Music
- General Cosmic, Space, and Science Fiction Soundscapes Relaxation
Then you should find surprisingly pleasurable the relaxation deep space ambient music videos I create!
How to Use Ambient Space Music
This kind of space music is perfect for:
- Astronomy/cosmology study/learning
- Watching the night sky with binoculars, telescope, or with naked eyes only
- Deep relaxation, focus, and concentration
- Sleep and dreaming
- Meditation, yoga
- Training - gym workout, running, walking, biking
- Stress relief and anxiety
- Working on your astrophotography targets by month
- A beautiful interstellar journey inside your mind
How to Make Space Ambient
Creating this music genre is actually not that hard. Songs, or maybe soundscapes, are not as complex as some popular pop, rock, or EDM (electronic dance music) tracks. My music creations in this genre usually are made from 5 elements:
- Pads (2 or 3 layers) with heavy compression and reverb
- Bass (1 or 2 layers) - compressed and revered
- Arps (arpeggios) - compression, reverb, and chorus
- One pluck/bell/FX
- Lead melody - or lack of. It may be too distracting for the ambient soundscape.
Add some effects like an equalizer, compressor, reverb, or chorus, and voila - you have beautiful sounds to listen to in the background while doing some other important stuff!
My hardware choice is fairly simple:
- Mac Mini M1 2020 - my daily workhorse for working (I'm an iOS app developer), blogging (Astro Photons), and making music
- Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen - my USB audio interface
- PreSonus Eris E3.5 - my near field studio monitors
- Arturia MiniLab Mk II - my MIDI keyboard
I make my music using only software instruments (VST - Virtual Studio Technology) - no hardware synthesizers, but if you have one, you should try it.
My DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) of choice is FL Studio (Ableton Live is also a popular option), and here is the complete VST list of plugins that I use:
- Cherry Audio's Dreamsynth (synth)
- TAL Software's TAL-U-No-LX (synth)
- Cherry Audio's Eight Voice (synth)
- Cherry Audio's Galactic Reverb (reverb effect)
- TAL Software's TAL-Reverb-4 (reverb effect)
- TAL Software's TAL-Chorus-LX (chorus effect)
- FL Studio Maximus (multiband compressor)
- FL Studio Fruity Parametric EQ 2 (equalizer)
- FL Studio Fruity Limiter (limiter)
- FL Studio Fruity Spectroman (spectrum analyzer)
- Youlean Loudness Meter 2 (mastering for YouTube)
For making videos for my music, I use DaVinci Resolve - it's free for up to 4K export without watermarks, and the free version is powerful enough to fulfill all my needs.
Give yourself a break and chill to my space ambient music: