Friday, March 18, 2011


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Track 1 - Greetings From The Secretary General Of The U.N
Track 2 - Greetings In 55 Languages
Track 3 - U.N Greetings / Whale Greetings
Track 4 - The Sounds Of Earth
Track 5 - Brandenberg Concerto No.2 First Movement
Track 6 - Kinds Of Flowers
Track 7 - Tchenhoukoumen
Track 8 - Pygmy Girls Initiation Song
Track 9 - Morning Star And Devil Bird
Track 10 - El Cascabel
Track 11 - Johnny B. Goode
Track 12 - Men's Housing Song
Track 13 - Cranes In Their Nest
Track 14 - Gavotte en Rondeaux From The Partita No.3 In E Major
Track 15 - The Magic Flute, Queen Of The Night Aria No.14


Track 1 - Tchakrulo
Track 2 - Panpipes And Drum Song
Track 3 - Melancholy Blues
Track 4 - Ugam
Track 5 - Rite Of Spring Sacrificial Dance
Track 6 - The Well Tempered Clavier, Prelude And Fugue In C No.1
Track 7 - Beethoven Symphony No.5
Track 8 - Iziel Je Delyo Hagdutin
Track 9 - Navajo Night Chant
Track 10 - Fairie Round 20
Track 11 - Melanesian Panpipes
Track 12 - Wedding Song
Track 13 - Flowing Streams
Track 14 - Jaat Kahan Ho
Track 15 - Dark Was The Night
Track 16 - String Quartet No. 13 In B Flat, Opus 130 Cavatina

There have been plenty of space themed records made over the decades but this is the only one that can lay claim to have been produced specifically to be sent into orbit. With the hope of reaching an alien audience, NASA collected a wide array of audio in an attempt to portray life on Earth. This is what the NASA website says about the record...

The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University, et. al. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General Waldheim. Each record is encased in a protective aluminum jacket, together with a cartridge and a needle. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and indicate how the record is to be played.

The 115 images are encoded in analog form. The remainder of the record is in audio, designed to be played at 16-2/3 revolutions per minute. It contains the spoken greetings, beginning with Akkadian, which was spoken in Sumer about six thousand years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect. Following the section on the sounds of Earth, there is an eclectic 90-minute selection of music, including both Eastern and Western classics and a variety of ethnic music.

Once the Voyager spacecraft leave the solar system (by 1990, both will be beyond the orbit of Pluto), they will find themselves in empty space. It will be forty thousand years before they make a close approach to any other planetary system. As Carl Sagan has noted, “The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”


Armpit Studios said...

Cool! Looks a bit classical-heavy, by the titles. Only 1 rock song?

Mr. Craig said...

Some Beatles would have been nice. Or maybe Pink Floyd...

Summo said...

Haven't listened, but already in love with this! I agree Mr Craig, some Beatles could have really topped this off. nice posting.

Mike said...

Can you say "strange?"

Mark L said...

Yes; some Beatles music should definitely have been sent into space on this. Probably some twit came out with "You can't put that on there. It's copyright..."

Mark L

Crash The Driver said...

According to Sagan's book detailing the remarkable history of the making of this record, Sagan and his team had initially wanted to include "Here Comes the Sun," and all four Beatles agreed to grant permission for its inclusion. Unfortunately, the band did not, in fact, own the rights to their music at that time, and the issue of just who did have the rights was so legally "murky" that they decided against the inclusion, given the very short time line they had to work out the truly daunting aesthetic, philosophical and technological issues that surrounded the project.

Sagan's book is called "Murmurs of the Earth."

Thanks for this share!

Anonymous said...

So, it was in fact left off the space probe because of ownership rights (AKA copyright), a space probe drifting through space likely never to be seen much less heard, WTF, the greedy bastards think some extraterrestrial aliens were gonna swipe it, make copies, and screw them out of universal distribution & galactic royalties?

links are dead, any chance of new links, thanx

Anonymous said...

found link