Various ‎– The Sounds Of Earth

NASA (3) ‎– none
Lathe Cut, 12", 16 ⅔ RPM, Single Sided, Enhanced, Etched, Limited Edition, Gold-Plated Copper

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Greetings From Earth
A1 Kurt Waldheim Untitled
A2 Various Akkadian, Amoy (Min Dialect), Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hittite, Hungarian (Magyar), Ila (Zambia), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada (Kanarese), Kechua (Quechua), Korean, Latin, Luganda (Ganda), Mandarin Chinese, Marathi, Nepali, Nguni (Zulu), Nyanja, Oriya, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Sotho (Sesotho), Spanish, Sumerian, Swedish, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Wu
Music Of The Earth
A3 Munich Bach Orchestra* Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F. First Movement
Directed By – Karl RichterWritten-By – Bach*
A4 Unknown Artist Kinds Of Flowers (Java)
Recorded By – Robert Brown
A5 Unknown Artist Percussion (Senegal)
Recorded By – Charles Duvelle
A6 Unknown Artist Pygmy Girls' Initiation Song (Zaire)
Recorded By – Colin M. Turnbull
A7 Unknown Artist Morning Star / Moikoi (Australia, Aborigine)
Recorded By – Sandra LeBrun Holmes
A8 Lorenzo Barcelata & Mariachi de México* El Cascabel 3:14
A9 Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode 2:38
A10 Unknown Artist Untitled (New Guinea)
Recorded By – Robert MacLennan
A11 Goro Yamaguchi Tsuru No Sugomori 4:51
A12 Arthur Grumiaux Gavotte En Rondeaux
Written-By – Bach*
A13 Bavarian State Opera Orchestra* The Magic Flute, Queen Of The Night Aria, No. 14
Conductor – Wolfgang SawallischVocals – Edda Moser
A14 Unknown Artist Tchakrulo Georgian S.S.R., Chorus
Recorded By – Radio Moscow
A15 Unknown Artist Panpipes And Drum (Peru)
Compiled By – Casa De La Cultura, Lima
A16 Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven* Melancholy Blues 3:05
A17 Unknown Artist S.S.R., Bagpipes (Azerbaijan)
Recorded By – Radio Moscow
A18 Columbia Symphony Orchestra & Igor Stravinsky Rite Of Spring, Sacrificial Dance
Conductor – Igor Stravinsky
A19 Glenn Gould The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude And Fugue In C, No.1
Written-By – Bach*
A20 The Philharmonia Orchestra* Fifth Symphony, First Movement
Conductor – Otto KlempererWritten-By – Beethoven*
A21 Valya Balkanska Izlel Je Delyo Hagdutin 4:59
A22 Navajo (4) Night Chant
Recorded By – Willard Rhodes
A23 David Munrow & The Early Music Consort Of London Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains And Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round" 1:17
A24 Unknown Artist Solomon Islands, Panpipes
Compiled By – Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service
A25 Unknown Artist Peru, Wedding Song
Recorded By – John Cohen (2)
A26 Kuan P'ing-Hu* Flowing Streams 7:37
A27 Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar* Jaat Kahan Ho 3:30
A28 Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was The Night 3:15
A29 Budapest String Quartet String Quartet No. 13 In B Flat, Opus 130, Cavatina
Written-By – Beethoven*
Sounds From The Earth
A30 No Artist Music Of The Spheres
Composed By [Uncredited] – Laurie Spiegel
A31 No Artist Wind, Rain, Surf
A32 No Artist Chimpanzee
A33 No Artist Fire, Speech
A34 No Artist Herding Sheep, Blacksmith, Sawing
A35 No Artist Horse And Cart
A36 No Artist F-111 Flyby, Saturn 5 Lift-off
A37 No Artist Volcanoes, Earthquake, Thunder
A38 No Artist Crickets, Frogs
A40 No Artist Wild Dog
A41 No Artist The First Tools
A42 No Artist Tractor, Riveter
A43 No Artist Train
A44 No Artist Kiss, Mother And Child
A45 No Artist Mud Pots
A46 No Artist Birds, Hyena, Elephant
A47 No Artist Footsteps, Heartbeat, Laughter
A48 No Artist Tame Dog
A49 No Artist Morse Code, Ships
A50 No Artist Tractor, Bus, Auto
A51 No Artist Life Signs, Pulsar
Scenes From The Earth
A52 No Artist Data Track

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The Voyager Golden Record is a phonograph record included in the two Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. It contains sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.
The record contains image data and etched symbols.
Eleven copies exist — two are onboard the Voyager spacecrafts, one is on display in a museum, eight copies are archived at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Archives, USA.

The release is stored in a protective aluminum jacket with a cartridge and needle. The record was manufactured by James G. Lee Record Processing Center.

The chances of the probes being intercepted by an alien race are fairly remote, especially when one considers it will take over 40,000 years to come within 1.7 light years of the nearest star. By this time this golden record may be only considered a time capsule, a record of a past civilization. The record consists of some 115 images of earth encoded in analogue format at the beginning of the record, after which are greetings in 55 languages, various field recordings of Earth and 90 minutes of music.

The record's cover consists of diagrams showing how to retrieve the data and audio as well as the location of Earth in relation to 14 nearby pulsar stars and the lowest form of a hydrogen atom meant to be a base for retrieving the encoded information. A pure sample of uranium-238 was electroplated on the cover for dating purposes. The half-life of uranium-238 is 4.51 billion years.

A7 is listed officially as featuring "Devil Bird" as the second song after "Morning Star", but new research conducted by space archaeologist Alice Gorman suggests that when "Morning Star" cuts off after 23 seconds, the song that comes on is not "Devil Bird" but a different piece called "Moikoi".

It was re-released as a double CD boxed set with book in 1992 by Warner.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings): TO THE MAKERS OF MUSIC ‎– ALL WORLDS, ALL TIMES SIDE 1 A

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Ozma-001 Various Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition(3xLP, Comp, Dlx, Ltd, Num, 180 + Box, Comp, Dlx, L) Ozma Records Ozma-001 US 2017 Sell This Version
none Various The Voyager Golden Record(2xCD, Album, Comp, Promo, RM) Ozma Records none US 2017 Sell This Version
OZMA001 Various The Voyager Golden Record(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM) Ozma Records OZMA001 US 2017 Sell This Version
Ozma-001 Various The Voyager Golden Record(3xLP, RP, Tra + Box, Comp) Ozma Records Ozma-001 US 2017 Sell This Version
WNM 14021 Various Murmurs Of Earth (The Voyager Interstellar Record)(2xCD-ROM, Album + Box, Comp, Com) Warner New Media WNM 14021 US 1992 Sell This Version

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September 4, 2020
Exactly, now 45 people have it. Seems those aliens have made dubplates and come to back to earth with their record bags.


March 22, 2018
Isn't it funny how 39 people claim to own something of which eleven copies were only ever made?


December 27, 2017
Back in 1991 I was digging through the record stores in L.A. And came across a double white label album that was laser
etched with the designs that were on the "Voyager One" gold record, but this was black vinyl. I thought it was interesting but
returned it to its record slot. Ahhh non-buyers remorse... A friend later told me it might have been commissioned as a gift
for the engineers on the project. So, there are vinyl copies out there,and they are really plain. Two 12" in a plain double folder.
its not until you open the folder do you notice the tracks and when the records are removed you notice the etching. I hope someone else was lucky enough to notice this record and purchased it. I have not seen another since.


August 27, 2017
We should know that the span of a human life is short compared to the age of the may take more than millions of years before any intelligent being discovers it. Anyway, its like a message in a bottle in the open ocean and it will be by chance and not a surety!


July 26, 2017
What if the alien that hears it is bored and turns it off before getting to the good parts? I can't imagine it would compare to the out of this world bangers that they're listening to in Messier 81 Galaxy or wherever


June 22, 2017
There is an error here that is being repeated everywhere. A8 –Lorenzo Barcelata & Mariachi de México El Cascabel. Lorenzo Barcelata is the composer of the song. he was not a performer. The performer here is Antonio Maciel y Las Aguilillas with El Mariachi México de Pepe Villa.


October 6, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
Well, 32 people think they have a record they don't have.


September 21, 2016
Now you can back 40th Anniversary Edition for your future space missions.


June 13, 2016
"Golden Record: Sounds of Earth", The record NASA sent to aliens is now on SoundCloud :


March 12, 2016
"Lathe Cut, 12", 16 ⅔ RPM, Single Sided, Enhanced, Etched, Limited Edition, Gold-Plated Copper" sounds very like a record store day special.. the funny thing is I'm not even an alien but I couldn't play this one as the speed is 16 RPM.. hope technics makes 16RPM turntables for foreign planet markets