Early Music in Space, pt. 2

5

August
2010

Included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977, a disc known as the Voyager Golden Record contained “sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.” In other words, its contents were supposed to represent us as intelligent.

The record, among a number of things, contained music—classical, jazz, blues, popular, and traditional—from several countries. The following is a list of the early music that was included.

The last selection is, to me, the most fascinating since it was a recording of a renowned British director and period instrument ensemble (an ideal way to represent the U.K.).

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