The Golden Record cover shown with its Earth instructions so ET can play its contents.
Credit: NASA/JPL

 

When NASA lofted two spacecraft — Voyager 1 and 2 — on a grand tour of the solar system, each probe carried a golden record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now.

Called the Voyager Interstellar Record, it could be the last vestige of our civilization after we are gone forever.

Audio/visual voyage

Thanks to Ozma Records in Mill Valley, California, you can take an audio and visual voyage soaking up the contents of the golden record.

The Voyager record producers are: David Pescovitz, co-founder of Ozma Records; Timothy Daly, co-founder of Ozma Records; and Lawrence Azerrad (LADdesign, a graphic design and visual designer.

Sound, images, science

The record tells a story of our Earth expressed in sounds, images, and science: Earth’s greatest music from myriad peoples and eras, from Bach and Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, Benin percussion to Solomon Island panpipes. Natural sounds—birds, a train, a baby’s cry, a kiss—are collaged into a lovely audio poem called “Sounds of Earth.”

Box set
Credit: Ozma Records

 

There are spoken greetings in dozens of human languages—and one whale language—and more than 100 images encoded in analog that depict who and what we are.

2 x CD record book
Credit: Ozma Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

The Voyager Golden Record is available in two formats, a 3x LP box set for $98.00 or 2 x CD record book at $50.00.

Take a look at this video detailing this effort at:

https://vimeo.com/227325526

To order, go to:

http://www.ozmarecords.com/voyager

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