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The Sounds of Earth
post Dec 27 2006, 11:13 AM
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The vinyl-sized golden "CDs" attached to Voyagers are mentioned in numerous books on astronomy. BUT: is there any mp3 available with the actual sounds that were sent there? I guess the sounds of 1970s would sound alien even to us Earthlings by now... Anyway, I really wish I could listen to that.

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post Dec 27 2006, 11:25 AM
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Long before the internet, there were "RIGHTS" issues. They were never able to secure the rights for all the music.
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post Dec 27 2006, 07:34 PM
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I guess I'll just have to bring a record-to-mp3 player when I go to capture the voyager probes next month so that you can all have those sounds.
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post Dec 27 2006, 07:45 PM
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This Web site contains all of the images, languages, and sounds on the Voyager Records:


As for the music, while it is not reproduced, the selections are listed and you
can probably purchase most of them. You would have quite a collection of eclectic,
global music as a result, to be sure.

BTW, some of the sounds and music on the Records can be heard on the Cosmos
soundtrack CD.


"After having some business dealings with men, I am occasionally chagrined,
and feel as if I had done some wrong, and it is hard to forget the ugly circumstance.
I see that such intercourse long continued would make one thoroughly prosaic, hard,
and coarse. But the longest intercourse with Nature, though in her rudest moods, does
not thus harden and make coarse. A hard, sensible man whom we liken to a rock is
indeed much harder than a rock. From hard, coarse, insensible men with whom I have
no sympathy, I go to commune with the rocks, whose hearts are comparatively soft."

- Henry David Thoreau, November 15, 1853

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