Graduates of our Recording Arts program have worked on hundreds of songs that have been heard booming out of car stereos and concert arenas, but 1997 grad Dylan “3-D” Dresdow and 2001 grad Padraic Kerin can claim a new first. Today the longtime engineers will have a song they worked on with will.i.am blasted on the planet Mars.
The previously unreleased track is appropriately titled “Reach for the Stars,” and is being broadcast by the Curiosity rover. The event is part of an educational conference hosted by NASA to show elementary to high school students what data the robot has collected on the red planet since landing this August. Dylan Dresdow was the Mix Engineer on the track and Padraic Kerin was the Recording Engineer.
Dylan has a long history with both will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas, including mixing the band’s first U.S. number one single “Boom Boom Pow.” He is also a Grammy winner and the founder of Paper V.U. Studios in North Hollywood, where he’s worked with artists like Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, and Usher. Padraic’s engineering credits include, in addition to several Black Eyed Peas albums, records by Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Murs, and more.
The Mars broadcast is the kind of unique achievement that comes once in a lifetime, and you can watch the event live on NASA TV or the NASA website at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT.