XPN MusicNotes: NASA’s interstellar mixtape will be available for the first time!

Via Kickstarter

“The Voyager Golden Record is a gift from humanity to the cosmos and also a gift to humanity.”

The Voyager Golden Record —the so-called alien mix-tape that NASA shot into space almost 40 years ago will soon be available to purchase for the first time ever. 

In 1977 NASA sent the Golden Record Mix-Tape deep into outer space aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft (and later Voyager 2) filled with natural Earth sounds, spoken greetings in various languages, and human music from various cultures, for aliens to find. Right now, there are only 12 copies in existence, however the remastered Voyager Record is being reissued on gold vinyl (as opposed to the originals’ gold-plated copper disks, which were designed to withstand a billion years of space travel).

The plan is to release the 3-LP set next year in time for the 40th anniversary of the Voyager launches, and the box set will cost $98 plus shipping. See more below.

The Kickstarter program has already reached its goal to make the remastered mix-tape possible. Much more information on the mix-tap at kickstarter.com.

You can check out the complete track-list below of the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition audio tracks.”

• 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, by Arthur Grumiaux
• Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera
• Georgian S.S.R., chorus, “Tchakrulo,” collected by Radio Moscow
• Peru, pipes 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
• 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,” by David Munrow
• 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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