Nerd Talk: Now You Can Own A Copy of The Audio We Sent to Space

Celebrate 40 years of Voyager and listen to the records we sent to aliens.

October 11, 2017
Voyager Record

provided by Ozma Records


The audio packed aboard spaceships literally more than 10 billion miles away is landing on your slipmat this Christmas thanks to an awesome kickstarter turned record project at Ozma Records.

Way back in 1977 we launched a couple spacecraft on missions to leave the solar system. If we were gonna do all that impossible math (yuck) to build this whizzing wonder hurtling through the heavens at unimaginable speed, the least we could do is send a message with them in hopes one or both would be discovered. That data was carefully curated and set to LP. 

provided by Ozma Records

Hopefully, space Fonzy finds the Voyager craft while he's hot rodding around the solar system. Also hopefully, he has a record player or a jukebox that's Earth LP compatible.

One of the big bummers: your average Earthling (you) could never really experience the thing we shot off into the darkness. I mean, at least the Voyager's got to see Saturn and Jupiter and the rest of the grumpy gas giants. Until now, we just got whimsical tales of the wonder of science packing Chuck Berry and Bach songs on a gold disc. 

For the 40th Anniversary of the Voyager crafts, Ozma is ready to ship you a replica! Preorders are underway for the Earth communication boxsets in one of two varieties.

1. Grab the three LP vinyl boxset. Sure this thing won't be published on flying space gold, but a see-through yellow vinyl paired with black jacket and packaging is cool enough to make the Wu-Tang Clan buzz. You'll have to drop $98, but it comes with a kick-ass gold on black slipmat and a full-color book of accompanying photos.

Vinyl Box Set
provided by Ozma Records

2. Somehow, people are still using CD players - that's cool, I suppose, grandpa ;) Save yourself about fifty bucks to order the best of late 80's technology - just $50. You'll still get the rad picture book (this one is hardcover), and most people still have a computer or other tech that will play a CD.

To wet your whistle, check out this duplicate of an audio sample that left our solar system with the Voyagers:

Full track-list from Ozma Records:
1. Greeting from Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2. Greetings in 55 Languages
3. United Nations Greetings/Whale Songs
4. The Sounds of Earth
5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: I. Allegro (Johann Sebastian Bach) - Munich Bach Orchestra/Karl Richter
6. Ketawang: Puspåwårnå (Kinds of Flowers) - Pura Paku Alaman Palace Orchestra/K.R.T. Wasitodipuro
7. Cengunmé - Mahi musicians of Benin
8. Alima Song - Mbuti of the Ituri Rainforest
9. Barnumbirr (Morning Star) and Moikoi Song - Tom Djawa, Mudpo, and Waliparu
10. El Cascabel (Lorenzo Barcelata) - Antonio Maciel and Los Aguilillas with Mariachi México de Pepe Villa/Rafael Carrión
11. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
12. Mariuamangɨ - Pranis Pandang and Kumbui of the Nyaura Clan
13. Sokaku-Reibo (Depicting the Cranes in Their Nest) - Goro Yamaguchi
14. Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau (Johann Sebastian Bach) - Arthur Grumiaux
15. The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), K. 620, Act II: Hell’s Vengeance Boils in My Heart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) - Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Wolfgang Sawallisch
16. Chakrulo - Georgian State Merited Ensemble of Folk Song and Dance/Anzor Kavsadze
17. Roncadoras and Drums - Musicians from Ancash
18. Melancholy Blues (Marty Bloom/Walter Melrose) - Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven
19. Muğam - Kamil Jalilov
20. The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps), Part II—The Sacrifice: VI. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One) (Igor Stravinsky) - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Igor Stravinsky
21. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870 (Johann Sebastian Bach) - Glenn Gould
22. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Opus 67: I. Allegro Con Brio (Ludwig Van Beethoven) - Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Klemperer
23. Izlel e Delyu Haydutin - Valya Balkanska
24. Navajo Night Chant, Yeibichai Dance - Ambrose Roan Horse, Chester Roan, and Tom Roan
25. The Fairie Round (Anthony Holborne) - Early Music Consort of London/David Munrow
26. Naranaratana Kookokoo (The Cry of the Megapode Bird) - Maniasinimae and Taumaetarau Chieftain Tribe of Oloha and Palasu’u Village Community in Small Malaita
27. Wedding Song - Young girl of Huancavelica
28. Liu Shui (Flowing Streams) - Guan Pinghu
29. Bhairavi: Jaat Kahan Ho - Kesarbai Kerkar
30. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson
31. String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Opus 130: V. Cavatina (Ludwig Van Beethoven) - Budapest String Quartet