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One of the rarest albums ever made, The Voyager Golden Record, is now for sale

Gold Record

A record originally intended for aliens has been released to the public.

Forty years after it was created, the famous Voyager Golden Record is now on vinyl, and can be ordered online for $98.

Known commonly as The Voyager Golden Record, the artefact was only known to have two copies made and they were to be placed aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 – the former of which eventually made it into the solar system.

They contained a series of musical snippets that were said to encapsulate Earthly being – popular music, nature sounds, photos, spoken greetings in dozens of human languages and one whale language.

The record was copper gold plated and was produced in such limited quantities that even the man who spearheaded its production, Carl Sagan, was not given one when he requested a copy as a keepsake, instead receiving the following response from NASA “You do understand our concern about the matter of highly valuable mementos being given to individuals.”

The Golden Record is now available for commercial sale and can be purchased for $98.00. Just in time for Fathers Day.

The full contents of the record in chronological order:

  1. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40
  2. Java, court gamelan, “Kinds of Flowers,” recorded by Robert Brown. 4:43
  3. Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08
  4. Zaire, Pygmy girls’ initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56
  5. Australia, Aborigine songs, “Morning Star” and “Devil Bird,” recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26
  6. Mexico, “El Cascabel,” performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México. 3:14
  7. “Johnny B. Goode,” written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38
  8. New Guinea, men’s house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20
  9. Japan, shakuhachi, “Tsuru No Sugomori” (“Crane’s Nest,”) performed by Goro Yamaguchi. 4:51
  10. Bach, “Gavotte en rondeaux” from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55
  11. Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55
  12. Georgian S.S.R., chorus, “Tchakrulo,” collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18
  13. Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52
  14. “Melancholy Blues,” performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. 3:05
  15. Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30
  16. Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35
  17. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48
  18. Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20
  19. Bulgaria, “Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin,” sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59
  20. Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57
  21. Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, “The Fairie Round,” performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17
  22. Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12
  23. Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38
  24. China, ch’in, “Flowing Streams,” performed by Kuan P’ing-hu. 7:37
  25. India, raga, “Jaat Kahan Ho,” sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30
  26. “Dark Was the Night,” written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson. 3:15
  27. Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37
[via The Atlantic]


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August 28, 2017