You Can Now Buy the Music That Was Sent Billions of Miles Into Space on Voyager

by VVN Music

In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager missions, each of which contained a golden record containing the music, sounds and languages of earth in the hope that an alien culture would find the craft and listen.

Up until now, there were only twelve copies of that record, one on Voyager 1, one on Voyager 2, one given to then president Jimmy Carter and nine that were distributed around NASA.

Recently, David Pescovitz of Boing Boing put up a Kickstarter to raise money for the release of 2,500 copies of the music and sounds on the Voyager discs to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the launch.

The $98 box set will come in a gold-foil inlaid box with three translucent gold vinyl LPs and a hardbound book with images, essays and ephemera from the project. A digital download card will also be included to get all of the audio in MP3 or FLAC format along with a lithograph of the golden record cover diagram printed in gold metallic ink on archival paper.

Three pieces of popular music are included, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven's Melancholy Blues and Blind Willie Johnson's Dark Was the Night.

The set also has a very important pedigree as Timothy Fields, the man who produced the original golden record, was in the studio for the remastering of the audio.

The track list for The 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

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