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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-21-2016 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Voyager Golden Record being reissued on vinyl 40 years after launch

A vintage LP that went gold in the 1970s is being re-released, and this time, people may actually listen to it.

The gold-plated phonograph records that were launched in 1977 on NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 to introduce the Earth's civilization to any extraterrestrials who might come across the probes in the future are now the focus of an on-going but already funded Kickstarter campaign to offer the disks' contents as the "ultimate album package."

"An exquisitely-designed objet d'art ... this Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition vinyl box set will only be available through this Kickstarter," Ozma Records wrote in the project description. "It is the ultimate album package of the ultimate album package."

cspg
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posted 09-21-2016 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is a digital download card? I don't have a record player or vinyls!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-21-2016 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The card is a memento, but the code on it will enable you to download the tracks from a website.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-22-2016 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Voyager Golden Record is now funded. It has surpassed the $198,000 goal.

RobertB
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posted 10-02-2016 01:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobertB   Click Here to Email RobertB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's surprising what gets people going.

I jumped on the textual Apollo kickstarter but this audio oriented Kickstarter is much less interesting to me.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-08-2017 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you missed the Kickstarter, the vinyl and CD box sets are now available for direct pre-order (delivery pre-Christmas 2017).

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I received mine yesterday, 40 years after Voyager 1 launched. I downloaded the tracks and listened to them. It is quite a variety of sounds and music. It was a nice distraction from the fear over Irma. I am very happy with this project.

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posted 09-08-2017 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jutrased   Click Here to Email jutrased     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is anyone aware of the 1992 CD-ROM "Murmurs of Earth" Commemorative Edition from Warner New Media? It was a boxed set of two CD-ROMs, the 1978 companion paperback book by Carl Sagan, and a booklet of Voyager photos. The CDs have an image similar to the actual record.

I had found it on eBay back in 2008. It can still be found on eBay for $495 to $2500. I had paid around $50.

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posted 09-09-2017 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those prices are sure to drop now with the new release.

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I read a funny story about NASA's Golden Record when reading John Eliot Gardiner's biography of J.S. Bach.

When Carl Sagan was chairing the committee of distinguished scientists and thinkers assembled by NASA to determine which sounds and information should be included on the Golden Record, the topic of music came up. The group felt that if an alien species came across the record and could listen to it, they should hear some of Earth's music.

One of the scientists on the committee — I can't remember specifically, I think it was one of the biologists in the group — said, "Hey, we should include the complete works of J.S. Bach." And then he thought a little bit and said, "No wait. That would be bragging."

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The biologist who proposed sending out the music of J.S. Bach was Lewis Thomas. In his book, "The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher" he suggests, as means of potential communication with an alien species:
Perhaps the safest thing to do at the outset, if technology permits, is to send music. This language may be the best we have for explaining what we are like to others in space, with least ambiguity. I would vote for Bach, all of Bach, streamed out into space, over and over again. We would be bragging of course, but it is surely excusable to put the best possible face on at the beginning of such an acquaintance. We can tell the harder truths later.

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Great quote. Many thanks for the additional info.

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posted 09-18-2017 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isn't there still a "Gold Record" status if a record sells over 500,000 copies? know it used to be a million back when. Imagine if that happened.

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I finally had the time to review the Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition set. The producers did an excellent job of recapturing the wonder of "this message to the Universe."

The entire project is well crafted. The box, the gold records and the companion book are well thought out and constructed. The records were wonderful, but they realized that many of us no longer own a turntable and included the ability to download the music and messages.

The best Kickstarter campaign that I have invested in so far.

Robert Pearlman
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The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition has won the Grammy for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. (Photo: kellynoellesparks)

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