In 1977 NASA made two records each filled with recordings of nature noises, human sounds, classical music, and rock songs, along with this message etched between the grooves: "To the makers of music—all worlds, all times." They sent these two records into space, one aboard the Voyager 1 and the other aboard the Voyager 2, in the hopes they would reach an alien civilization.
In 2016, a Kickstarter campaign raised a million dollars to finally have the Voyager Golden Record released as a vinyl edition boxed. Ozma Records will release the box in January 2018.
What's on it? There are compositions by Bach and Beethoven, as well as Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night" and Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." There are recordings of Morse code, falling rain, kisses, a baby crying, and crickets, among other natural sounds and folk music from around the world. President Jimmy Carter included a message, saying, "We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations."
The records were made from copper and gold to protect them from heat damage and dust. They should still be in perfect condition, according to NASA. They also contain images and written messages from Earth. Unfortunately, NASA was not able to send record players, so any extraterrestrial life form will just have to figure that one out on their own.
Today, one Voyager Golden Record remains in the solar system, out in the Heliosheath. The other exited the solar system in 2012 and is more than 13 billion miles from Earth. It's meant to last in space for billions of years. But besides being of historical cosmic importance and intergalactic significance, it'll make a cool addition to your record collection at home.
Full-color 96-page, 12”x12" hardcover book contains:
Two CDs with all of the Voyager Golden Record audio content, remastered from the original analog tapes
All images that were encoded on the golden record, scanned from a set of the master slides
Original essay by Timothy Ferris, bestselling science journalist and producer of the Voyager Interstellar Record in 1977
Gallery of breathtaking space photographs transmitted back from the Voyager probes
Media coverage on NPR, CNN, The New York Tims, NBC Nightly News, Wired, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, etc.
3 LP Box Set Due in February (SOLD SEPARATELY)
Kurt Waldheim - Greeting from Kurt Waldheim, Secretary - General of the United Nations
Greetings in 55 Languages
United Nations Greetings / Whale Songs
Sounds of Earth
Munich Bach Orchestra/Karl Richter - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: I. Allegro (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Pura Paku Alaman Palace Orchestra/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro - Ketawang: Puspåwårnå (Kinds of Flowers)
Mahi musicians of Benin - Cengunmé
Mbuti of the Ituri Rainforest - Alima Song
Tom Djawa, Mudpo, and Waliparu - Barnumbirr (Morning Star) and Moikoi Song
Antonio Maciel and Los Aguilillas with Mariachi México de Pepe Villa/Rafael Carrión - El Cascabel (Lorenzo Barcelata)
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Pranis Pandang and Kumbui of the Nyaura Clan - Mariuamangɨ
Goro Yamaguchi - Sokaku-Reibo (Depicting the Cranes in Their Nest)
Arthur Grumiaux - Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Wolfgang Sawallisch - The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), K. 620, Act II: Hell’s Vengeance Boils in My Heart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Georgian State Merited Ensemble of Folk Song and Dance/Anzor Kavsadze - Chakrulo
Musicians from Ancash - Roncadoras and Drums
Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven - Melancholy Blues (Marty Bloom/Walter Melrose)
Kamil Jalilov - Muğam
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps), Part II—The Sacrifice: VI. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One) (Igor Stravinsky)
Glenn Gould - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer - Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Opus 67: I. Allegro Con Brio (Ludwig Van Beethoven)
Valya Balkanska - Izlel e Delyu Haydutin
Ambrose Roan Horse, Chester Roan, and Tom Roan - Navajo Night Chant, Yeibichai Dance
Early Music Consort of London/David Munrow - The Fairie Round (Anthony Holborne)
Maniasinimae and Taumaetarau Chieftain Tribe of Oloha and Palasu’u Village Community - Naranaratana Kookokoo (The Cry of the Megapode Bird)
Young girl of Huancavelica - Wedding Song
Guan Pinghu - Liu Shui (Flowing Streams)
Kesarbai Kerkar - Bhairavi: Jaat Kahan Ho
Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
Budapest String Quartet - String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Opus 130: V. Cavatina (Ludwig Van Beethoven)