The Stephen Hawking Tribute
01. The Stephen Hawking Tribute (6’21)
Music composed, arranged, produced and performed by Vangelis.
“The Stephen Hawking Tribute CD
We are honoured and privileged that the great musician Vangelis has composed this beautiful piece of music to mark the moment that Professor Stephen Hawking’s ashes are interred at Westminster Abbey, near those of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
This CD has been created for all those attending the Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in London, on June 15th 2018.
We would like to thank the ESA (European Space Agency), who have arranged to broadcast this music into space during the service as a mark of respect and remembrance.
Established in October 2015 and launched at the Royal Institution, The Stephen Hawking Foundation was initiated by Professor Stephen Hawking to facilitate research into Cosmology, Astrophysics and Fundamental Particle Physics both at school and university level. It also facilitates and supports work relating to Motor Neurone Disease and those living with the disease.
Fledgling though it is, the Foundation has already helped facilitate achievements in each of its primary objectives, but it has so much more to do and you can help!”
Note from the Elsewhere website :
Authenticity of the Stephen Hawking Tribute CDs
A photograph of the Stephen Hawking Tribute CD in its Slim Jewelcase. The slim jewelcase of the Stephen Hawking Tribute CD in an open state. The CD-R markings on the bottom of the original CD. Fans who search for ways to listen to Vangelis’ recent Stephen Hawking Tribute music in a legal way are faced with a problem. With the original CD not available for sale directly, pirate copies are finding their way to the second hand market and are selling for very high prices. The question arises how to tell the difference between an original CD and the fake copies.
Fact is that the original is not a factory pressed CD, but a burned (duplicated, rather than replicated) CD-R in itself. The disc has a telltale faint green glow.
While by no means fail-safe, one step to detect fake copies is by checking the codes printed on the bottom of the disc. The official release handed out at the service at Westminster Abbey has a code imprinted, written backwards (it reads correctly in a mirror), which says RFD80M-79239, and the code 80 at another spot (indicating an 80 minute CD-R disc). Check the zoomed in scan next to this post.
The version proposed here is the real stereo music (taken from the original CDR ; quality is mp3 256kbps to avoid bootleg)