Amoeblog


Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition -- Intergalactic Mix Tape

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 9, 2016 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Voyager Golden Record

Have you ever dreamed about communicating with extraterrestrials in a galaxy far, far away? How about making a mixed tape for them? This is essentially what astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan did with his Voyager Golden Record 40 years ago.

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager I and II into outer space with Sagan’s record mounted to each in hopesVoyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition that one day the interstellar message would be received by an alien civilization. These records contain the history of mankind in audio: music of many cultures and eras, sounds of Earth (volcanoes, earthquake, frogs, birds, heartbeat, laughter, train, Saturn 5 Lift-off…), greetings in 55 languages, whale greetings, and much more (even images encoded in analog).

We may never know if the album was received by our extraterrestrial neighbors, but now YOU can experience this amazing document of Earth for the first time ever! In celebration of Voyager’s 40th anniversary in 2017, The Voyager Golden Record is being reissued for human enjoyment thanks to a team up between Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz, graphic designed Lawrence Azerrad, and Amoeba Music San Francisco’s own Timothy Daly. The only way to get one is to participate in the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter campaign, which ends on October 20, 2016.

The cloth-covered box set will house three heavyweight translucent gold vinyl records. The LPs will Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Editioncontain the same music, greetings, and sounds as contained on the original Voyager Golden Record, which is nearly two hours of audio (see the complete track list below). The box set includes a hardbound book of images from the original interstellar message, photos of the planets returned to Earth from the Voyager probes, essays, and ephemera from the project's history.
 

 

Fund this unique project HERE now!

Here’s what’s on the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition:

Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor
Java, court gamelan, "Kinds of Flowers," recorded by Robert Brown
Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle
Zaire, Pygmy girls' initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull
Australia, Aborigine songs, "Morning Star" and "Devil Bird," recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes
Mexico, "El Cascabel," performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México
"Johnny B. Goode," written and performed by Chuck Berry
New Guinea, men's house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan
Japan, Shakuhachi, "Tsuru No Sugomori" ("Crane's Nest,") performed by Goro Yamaguch
Bach, "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux
Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano.
Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor
Georgian S.S.R., chorus, "Tchakrulo," collected by Radio Moscow
Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima
"Melancholy Blues," performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven
Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow
Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor
Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano
Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor
Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska
Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes
Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London
Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service
Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen
China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu
India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar
"Dark Was the Night," written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet
Greetings from the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim
Greetings in 55 languages
United Nations greetings
Whale greetings
The Sounds of Earth: “Music of the Spheres” by Laurie Spiegel, Volcanoes, Earthquake, Thunder, Mud Pots, Wind, Rain, Surf, Crickets, Frogs, Birds, Hyena, Elephant, Chimpanzee, Wild Dog, Footstepts, Heartbeat, Laughter, Fire, Speech, The First Tools, Tame Dog, Herding Sheep, Blacksmith, Sawing, Tractor, Riveter, Morse Code, Ships, Horse and Cart, Train, Tractor, Bus, Auto, F-111 Flyby, Saturn 5 Lift-off, Kiss, Mother and Child, Life Signs, Pulsar

Relevant Tags

Voyager Golden Record (2), Space (10), Carl Sagan (1), Nasa (5), Vinyl (200), Reissues (29), Colored Vinyl (9), Earth (10), Extraterrestrials (1)