From the album DISCO 3000. Recorded in Rome in 1978

Sun Ra uses a prototype made by Crumar called the ‘Crumar Mainman’ which he described as ‘like a piano, organ, clavichord, cello, violin and brass instruments’.

“Dance of the cosmo aliens” thinly disguises the traditional “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child”


Sun Ra – A Joyful Noise (1980)

This video represents a good range of Sun Ra’s many musical moods. Ra was among the first person of any musical genre to use electronic keyboards. Here, the venerable titan of the jazz avantgarde performs tunes including “Astro Black,” “Calling Planet Earth,” “Organ Solo,” “We Travel the Spaceways,” “Ankh,” and other seriocomic chants and jingles.
1980 – director: Robert Mugge


Some call me Mr. Ra… others call me Mr. Ry… you can call me MYSTERY