The sounds of Earth – listen to the Golden Records we sent in space on the 1977 Voyager mission

Vinyl enthusiasts and music buffs everywhere rejoice, as the guys from NASA recently put together an MP3 recording of all the sounds and music sent off with the Voyager probe, known as the Golden Records.

Image via wikipedia

Come for the bling, stay for the music

The Golden Records were the recordings NASA sent into space to represent our planet’s life and culture, ranging from the sound of rain to samples of Beethoven and Mozart, Chucky Berry and Blind Willie Johnson.

The theory behind the recordings was that, should an alien civilization encounter the Voyager space probe, it would crank up the volume and they could get to know us, and our planet, better. Music is an universal language, bringing together peoples on Earth regardless of language barriers, and it was hoped it would do so with cultures outside of our planet.

As Carl Sagan put it:

“The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic ‘ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”

It’s an awesome soundtrack to listen to whatever you might be doing – from experience i can tell you that MMO’s are at least 5 times cooler with this in the background. But don’t just trust me on this, try it out for yourself!

Golden Record: Sounds of Earth by NASA


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