Fig 1: From author’s collection.
The Sounds of Outer Space is a spoken word performance printed on a flexible disc that accompanied the AMT Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser model kit released circa 1968. I obtained a copy (see fig. 1) with an original Leif Ericson model kit I bought in 2004. In researching this piece, I was unable to identify the composers. One report suggested the lyrics originate from the 1967 psychedelic album, The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds; however, after having listened to the record and not hearing the lyrics that assertion seems to be in error. The same report also claimed the background ambient music came from the original The Twilight Zone TV series. This latter claim may have more credibility since the recording was produced by Auravision, a division of CBS Records. Since CBS produced The Twilight Zone in conjunction with Rod Serling’s Cayuga Productions, the ambient sound bed heard in The Sounds of Outer Space may indeed be sourced to Twilight Zone background music. The original recording is provided below.
Fig 2: S.S.C. Leif Ericson, from author’s collection.
Fig 3: From author’s
Fig 4: Close up of the Leif Ericson from Rod Serling's Other Worlds.
The Sounds of Outer Space Lyrics:
On my mark it will be T minus 10 and counting. MARK. 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…Zero.
The stars, brilliant as diamonds. Space, cold as the winter wind.
Timeless, inky blackness…deep and silent. Or is it?
Mortal men venture into the great unknown like explorers of the dawn, and looking down, find themselves looking up.
To be afraid and not care that you are afraid is the courage of which astronauts are made.
The alien opal light of Uranus filters through indigo dust.
A spaceship sailing across cosmic oceans of yellow and red turquoise, drifting down green and purple galactic seas.
Listen to Saturn’s mystery of music telling fortunes to the universe.
The Sun is one, claiming the solar system as its own, bursting with yellow splendor.
Is man really exploring an atom with room to spare?
Tune-In, Turn-On, and Drop-Out while you listen to "Sounds of Outer Space," a psychedelic spoken word performance that accompanied AMT's Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser model kit, released circa 1968: