It's in outer space, and now it can also be in your home

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It's in outer space, and now it can also be in your home

The Voyager's Golden Earth record has been released for earthlings

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Now that Elon Musk has flung a Tesla into orbit, the appetite for the celestial is growing. For fans of such overreaching endeavours – but without the requisite rocketship budget – we propose an idea that first obsessed Carl Sagan back in the Voyager days.
A commercial version of the golden record. You know, the one placed carefully in the Voyager as a gift to the universe. The Voyager has long left our solar system and is heading into the great beyond with the great hope that some intelligent and hopefully benevolent alien life force will pick it up. Now, find a vintage record player and finally hear our message of peace, delight and charm and all things excessively wonderfully human.
For 40  years The Golden Record on mass release was a quixotic  pipe dream of Sagan’s and his friend and collaborator Timothy Ferris, who was the producer of the original. After trawling the known music of the planet, they concluded a selection of opera, rock n’roll, classical music and field recordings of the sights and sounds of the natural world. It was a magnificent testament to late 20th-century life on Earth.
Finally two chaps with stars in their eyes, David Pescovitz and Tim Daly, were caught up in the idea of bringing this golden record to humanity. They started a crowd-funding project (many of the funders had some connection to the Voyager) and, after remastering the original tapes, have managed to produce a sublime testament to that original idea. It is a golden record box set on gold vinyl obviously.
Pescovitz says: “It’s a reminder of what we can accomplish when we’re at our best.”Order one online at Ozmarecords.com $98 for a Voyager Golden Record 3xLP Box Set.

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