In 1965, NASA launched Voyager 1, a space craft designed for deep space exploration. It is presently the most distant man made object from Earth, and may in fact have recently left the Solar System into the unknown. The probe contains a gold record with greetings in several languages and the music of Mozart and Chuck Berry, among others.
“This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings,” said President Jimmy Carter following the Voyager launch. “We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations.”
It’s something I’ve been pondering a lot while eavesdropping on You Are Listening To
a perfect blend of ambient beats and live police/fire radio transmissions from a number of North American cities. Much like the current state of the human condition; it’s violently unpredictable, beautiful and tragic all at once. So long Voyager 1, I wonder if anything will ever change down here. I certainly hope so. Until then, at least we’ll still have the music.
Indie Shuffle featured an interview with it’s founder Eric Eberhardt you can read it here.
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