THe "Out in Space" project began way back in 1972 when my brother Daniel Joe Webb (AKA Ringo) wrote a song called the "Black Hole Song". Since then I obtained my PhD in Astronomy, became a professor of physics during the day, and a guitarist/folk singer/songwriter during the evening. A large number of my songs were astronomical in nature, in other words dealt with ideas and concepts in astronomy and physics. These songs were honed through hours of coffee house perfomances and classroom concerts. They were nothing more than some clever, perhaps even catchy, songs and my home-recorded CD travelled the world. Although many people really liked the songs, the quality of the CDs were poor, recorded single-handidly on my own in the middle of the night. Then something changed. I met Keith Morrison . Keith is a consummate professional music producer. He became interested in hearing, and recording, the music. Teaming up with Keith takes the music to a whole other level. The music posted on this web site is a result of this union: A scientist who loves music and had attained some level of skill, and a musician who had a passion for the science embodied in the music. As a result, "Out in Space" is not simply a collection of songs, an album, but journey through space and time. Each song is accompanied by test, web citations, and illustrations to make each song come alove and not just entertain, but educate the listener.
Playing guitar is a great diversion from thinking about relativistic jets and supermassive black holes! I play a Alvarez Classical acoustic (Nylon strings), an Alvarez-Yairi CY128, and an Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar LP 100. My travel guitar is a Martin "Backpacker" guitar, which I frequently take to conferences and meetings.
Here are a couple of Buffett songs I just recorded.