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Besides the Curiosity rovers's rendition of Happy Birthday and Chris Hadfields guitar playing aboard the ISS, is there a list of music played in space live (robots playing music counts too)?

Note: Music added during a Livestream (ie falcon heavy) does not count.

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  • $\begingroup$ I almost made an edit changing "played" to "performed" because I assumed you didn't want to include people playing music on their MP3 players or laptops. But when I saw "robots playing music" I decided I'm not sure what you mean yet. Do you want to exclude the laptops and MP3 players from your list? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Aug 5 '18 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh Well I assume that astronauts on the ISS listen to music all the time but that's not what I'm going for--but calling curiosity's happy birthday a performance is up to interpretation :) I just wanted to make sure to include events like curiosity's happy birthday. $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Aug 5 '18 at 21:11
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh astronaut responds with picture of iTunes account $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Aug 5 '18 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ There is one music that always plays in space: 4'33 by John Cage :) $\endgroup$ – Siegfried Aug 6 '18 at 12:34
  • $\begingroup$ Space Oddity and Is there Life On Mars? from the Roadster? $\endgroup$ – SF. Aug 28 '18 at 3:32
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Ellen Ochoa, space flautist.

STS-56, launched April 1993.

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Cady Coleman, space flautist.

Expedition 27, March 2011.

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Carl Walz, space keyboardist

Expedition 4, Dec 2001 - June 2002

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Ed Lu, space keyboardist

Expedition 7, 2003

Thomas Pesquet, space saxophonist

Expedition 50/51, Nov 2016 to June 2017

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Don Pettit, space vacuum-cleaner-ist/didgeridooist

Expedition 6 Nov 2002 to May 2003, Expedition 30/31 Dec 2011 to July 2012

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Ron McNair, space saxophonist

STS-41B, Feb 1984.

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Wally Schirra / Tom Stafford, bells and harmonica

Gemini 6, Dec 1965

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Useful information on crew wakeup music

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    $\begingroup$ Flautists eh? Youd think with aeronautics potentially crossing over with military somebody wouldve tried a trumpet or taps. $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Aug 5 '18 at 22:51
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    $\begingroup$ Nothing wrong with flutes! I enjoyed playing for 4 years-- I kind of want to ask which instruments wouldnt function in zero gravity now. Honestly curious which mechanical instruments have reliance on gravity. $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Aug 5 '18 at 22:54
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    $\begingroup$ The main thing I love about ISS photos-- especially the interior-- is how many things you notice when you zoom in that youd absolutely miss on a precusory glance! A ziploc of bandaids attached to the wall behind the keyboardist for example. I wonder how many stubbed toes and 0g accidents before that happened ha! $\endgroup$ – Magic Octopus Urn Aug 5 '18 at 23:05
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    $\begingroup$ Draining the spit out of wind instruments might get tricky, so you could play a trumpet, but perhaps for only a few hours ... $\endgroup$ – JCRM Aug 6 '18 at 11:51
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    $\begingroup$ As a note: my wife, a professional flutist, tells me there is a lot of contention over the use of "flautist" vs "flutist" in the USA (flutetoday.com/flutist-flautist-flute-player). Coincidentally, she teaches at Ronald McNair middle school. $\endgroup$ – Ogre Psalm33 Aug 6 '18 at 17:56
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Quite recently, Alexander Gerst performed on a tablet, using a Launchpad-like app:

On 20 July 2018 around 21:50 local time, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst welcomed the legendary electronic band Kraftwerk and 7500 visitors to the Jazz Open Festival on Stuttgart's Schlossplatz – live from the International Space Station, where he will live and work until mid-December 2018.

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An addition to Organic Marble's answer.

Alexander Ivanchenkov plays guitar

Salyut-6, 1978

Ivanchenkov plays Guitar

Volkov plays guitar and Krikalev plays (an improvised?) drum.

Mir, 1989

Volkov plays guitar

Talgat Musabaev playes another guitar

Mir, 1998

Musabaev playes guitar

There WAS a guitar on Salyut-7, but I can't find a picture right away.

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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch carried a Tesla roadster that was playing 'Life on Mars'. Link: Here

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  • $\begingroup$ As I posted in my question, this doesn't count as it's not preformed. The music was added during the FH livestream. $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Aug 28 '18 at 0:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Dragongeek No, the car was literally playing the music through it's speakers. It says so in the article I linked to. $\endgroup$ – Awesomepotato29 Aug 28 '18 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ If the music had been running on the speakers, you would not have been able to hear it. Also, the Tesla was unpowered. Only the cameras and communication equipment had power. $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Aug 28 '18 at 0:41
  • $\begingroup$ Any links? Also, the music was 'Life on Mars', my bad. $\endgroup$ – Awesomepotato29 Aug 28 '18 at 0:42
  • $\begingroup$ +1 Bowie started singing right after fairing separation, at only about 115 km, so there was certainly a bit of air at the time. A very sensitive microphone would have likely even picked it up. youtu.be/wbSwFU6tY1c?t=1525 More about sound in space. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Aug 28 '18 at 9:13
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Here is a project that is making progress towards playing a record of Carl Sagan (and Stephen Hawking) "singing" in space.

Currently they seem to have only gotten to 28.5 km, but I have a hunch they won't stop until they can play beyond the Karman line.

You can read further in the question What technical challenges would be playing this LP in (actual) space?

The "original soundtrack":

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