We're very excited to share an incredibly special project that we've been designing and building with our our partners, David Pescovitz, co-editor/partner at Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future, and Timothy Daly, manager at the iconic Amoeba Music in San Francisco. We've been joyfully overwhelmed with the press the project has received, and the response from the public.
The Voyager Golden Record is a gift from humanity to the cosmos. And it is also a gift to humanity. Until October 20th 2016 you have a chance to obtain a piece of history and humanity that we've re-released on vinyl for the first time ever. Reserve your copy here:
In the words of our project parter David Pescovitz: The enthusiasm around this project suggests that we all are craving a dose of possibility and optimism, and the story of the original Voyager Golden Record delivers it. Indeed, NASA's entire Voyager program is a stunning example of what humanity can accomplish when we are at our best. We're thrilled that our project, and others inspired by the upcoming 40th anniversary, have helped in some small way to fuel continued interest in the extraordinary Voyager mission.
Some of the press the project has received so far:
Travel and Leisure: http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/voyager-golden-record
In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager I and II, on a grand tour of the solar system and beyond, into the mysteries of interstellar space. Mounted to each of these spacecraft is a stunning golden phonograph record, an interstellar message to introduce our civilization to extraterrestrials who might encounter the probes, perhaps billions of years from now.
The Voyager Golden Record contains the story of our civilization expressed in sounds, images, and science. In its grooves lie Earth’s greatest music from myriad cultures and eras, from Bach and Beethoven to Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry, Senegalese percussion to Solomon Island panpipes. Dozens of natural sounds of our planet – birds, a train, a baby’s cry, a kiss – are collaged into a lovely sound poem. There are spoken greetings in 55 human languages, and one whale language, and more than one hundred images encoded in analog that depict who, and what, we are. Etched on the record’s gold-plated aluminum jacket is a diagram explaining where it came from, and how to play it.
Astronomer and science educator Carl Sagan chaired the visionary committee that created the original Voyager
Golden Record forty years ago. Astronomer and SETI pioneer Frank Drake was the technical director, writer Ann Druyan was creative director, science writer Timothy Ferris produced the record, artist Jon Lomberg designed it, and artist Linda Salzman Sagan organized the greetings.
Voyager I entered interstellar space in 2013. It’s almost 13 billion miles away from Earth. And now for the first time in history, to celebrate Voyager’s 40th anniversary next year, you’ll be able to experience it for yourself the way it was meant to be played.
Next year, we will release “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition,” a lavish box set containing three translucent gold vinyl LPs, a hardbound book, and a lithograph. It is the ultimate album package of the ultimate album package.
The creation and launch of the original Voyager Golden Record was a testament to the power of science and art to ignite humanity’s sense of curiosity, delight, and wonder. And that is the mindset with which we approach our project – to harness the power of design and music to provoke questions about our place in the universe, open our minds to possibility, and serve as a reminder that the future is really up to all of us.
Here are a few of our favorite sources of information about Voyager:
* Voyager: The Interstellar Mission is NASA/JPL-Caltech's excellent online hub for the entire Voyager program, featuring background on the Golden Record and some of its audio and images.
* Murmurs of Earth: the Voyager Interstellar Record (1979) is the definitive history of the Golden Record, written by the dynamic committee that created it--Carl Sagan, Frank Drake, Ann Druyan, Timothy Ferris, Jon Lomberg, and Linda Salzman Sagan. From the technical foundations of the project to the whys behind each musical choice, Murmurs of Earth is a wonder in itself. (In 1992, a team at Warner New Media led by Blake Lewin, with guidance from Jon Lomberg, released a reprint of the book accompanied by a Golden Record CD-ROM!)
* The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission (2015) by Dr. Jim Bell is a marvelous, personal biography of the spacecraft and the brilliant people behind them. Dr. Bell is a renowned planetary scientist at Arizona State University and Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He's also president of the absolutely amazing Planetary Society (http://planetary.org/), founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman to "empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration." (Bill Nye is the Planetary Society's CEO!) Ozma Records is grateful to Dr. Bell for his encouragement and support for our project.
* Voyager Mission Status Bulletins: From 1977 to 1990, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory issued 99 printed newsletters about the status of the twin Voyager spacecraft as they made their grand tour of the solar system before heading off toward interstellar space. Thanks to the Planetary Society, you can now read them all in PDF form!