Good news for lovers of space and music (isn’t that everyone?).
Ozma records is releasing the famous Voyager Golden Record as a CD or LP box set.
The CD box set contains a full-colour, 96-page hardcover book and two CDs of all the music and sounds we sent into space.
For a more authentic experience, the LP set contains three gold-coloured 140 gram vinyl records, a full-colour 96-page hardcover book, a gold foil print of the Golden Record cover diagram, a Voyager trajectories slipmat and a digital download card for MP3 or FLAC formats.
The sets are priced at USD$50 (AUD$66) and USD$98 (AUD$130) respectively.
Ominously, it says “consumers with shipping addresses outside the U.S are responsible for all duties, import taxes, and brokerage fees.”
This is usually a nice way of saying “you’re gonna get absolutely screwed on shipping, friendo.”
The CD version is scheduled to ship before Christmas and the LP set will be set out from January 2018. They will probably be a few popping up on Discogs in the new year, so if you don’t mind waiting you might be able to get it there.
(Pro tip: I buy all my vinyl from German sellers because they have the best shipping rates to Australia).
The project began its life as a Kickstarter which quickly raised over $1.3 million from more than 10,000 backers.
Why would you want this thing anyway?
The Voyager Golden Record was sent into space on two probes, Voyager 1 and 2, in 1977.
NASA figured that since they were putting something out there for aliens to find, they might as well include a sweet mixtape of the sounds you might encounter back here on good old Earth.
With assistance from science heavyweights such as Carl Sagan, NASA created a setlist of Earth sounds including Bach, Beethoven, Chuck Berry, greetings in various languages, nature sounds, a baby crying and a kiss.
When NASA launched the Golden Record aboard Voyager I in 1977, not even Carl Sagan (who helped produce the record) could get his hands on a copy. Now you can own it yourself https://t.co/psCFKUJ8y4
— WIRED (@WIRED) November 29, 2017
The original records were made of actual gold and came with instructions for aliens on how to make a rudimentary turntable to play them. The records were designed to be played at a third of the speed of standard Earth records in order to fit more content. They also contain 116 images explaining life on Earth. You can see the images here:
As of right now, Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space and is 21 billion kilometres from home. It has gone farther than any other human-made object in history. Voyager 2 is slightly slower and at the edge of our solar system.
When and if you get your hands on the Voyager Records, you’ll be able to listen to stuff that aliens might one day find floating through space.
Move over Dark Side of the Moon, there’s a new trippy album on the way. You can listen to the whole thing on YouTube while you are waiting: