Thursday, August 5, 2010

Music On the Voyager Golden Record

Looks like our Voyager probes are getting sentient, or even a bit sentimental as they leave the solar system, I hope an alien Buzz Lightyear find them soon, and play the awesome Voyager Golden Record at blasting volume. The music part of this business card of Earth is an eclectic 90-minute selection of music from many cultures, including Eastern and Western classics. A fascinating listen for humans, and the aliens, as NASA believe.

Here's the Spotify playlist: Voyager Golden Record (28 tracks, total time: 1 hour) Spotify is also ridiculously good for world music, thanks to the great field recordings collection from the Smithsonian label. I substituted a few tracks which I couldn't find exact matches, with the closest thing I could get. Check out this Nasa page for the full original tracklist.

And before the Voyages see the light of a new sun, all they can hear is some ultra-cool electronic music as in this video below. Gosh, what an attack of homesickness this sound can provoke!

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