VariousThe Sounds Of Earth

Label:Not On Label – none
Lathe Cut, 12", 16 ⅔ RPM, Single Sided, Enhanced, Etched, Gold-Plated Copper
Genre:Rock, Latin, Blues, Non-Music, Pop, Classical, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Education, Field Recording


Greetings From Earth
A1Kurt WaldheimUntitled
A2VariousAkkadian, 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
A3Münchener Bach-OrchesterBrandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F. First Movement
Directed By [Uncredited]Karl Richter
Written-By [Uncredited]Johann Sebastian Bach
A4Unknown ArtistKinds Of Flowers (Java)
Recorded By [Uncredited]Robert Brown
A5Unknown ArtistPercussion (Senegal)
Recorded By [Uncredited]Charles Duvelle
A6Unknown ArtistPygmy Girls' Initiation Song (Zaire)
Recorded By [Uncredited]Colin M. Turnbull
A7Unknown ArtistMorning Star / Moikoi (Australia, Aborigine)
Recorded By [Uncredited]Sandra LeBrun Holmes
A8Lorenzo Barcelata & Mariachi MexicoEl Cascabel3:14
A9Chuck BerryJohnny B. Goode2:38
A10Unknown ArtistUntitled (New Guinea)
Recorded By [Uncredited]Robert MacLennan
A11Goro YamaguchiTsuru No Sugomori4:51
A12Arthur GrumiauxGavotte En Rondeaux
Written-By [Uncredited]Bach*
A13Bavarian State Opera Orchestra*The Magic Flute, Queen Of The Night Aria, No. 14
Conductor [Uncredited]Wolfgang Sawallisch
Vocals [Uncredited]Edda Moser
A14Unknown ArtistTchakrulo Georgian S.S.R., Chorus
Recorded By [Uncredited]Radio Moscow
A15Unknown ArtistPanpipes And Drum (Peru)
Compiled By [Uncredited]Casa De La Cultura, Lima
A16Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven*Melancholy Blues3:05
A17Unknown ArtistS.S.R., Bagpipes (Azerbaijan)
Recorded By [Uncredited]Radio Moscow
A18Columbia Symphony Orchestra & Igor StravinskyRite Of Spring, Sacrificial Dance
Conductor [Uncredited]Igor Stravinsky
A19Glenn GouldThe Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude And Fugue In C, No.1
Written-By [Uncredited]Bach*
A20Philharmonia OrchestraFifth Symphony, First Movement
Conductor [Uncredited]Otto Klemperer
Written-By [Uncredited]Ludwig van Beethoven
A21Valya BalkanskaIzlel Je Delyo Hagdutin4:59
A22Navajo (4)Night Chant
Recorded By [Uncredited]Willard Rhodes
A23David Munrow & The Early Music Consort Of LondonHolborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains And Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round"1:17
A24Unknown ArtistSolomon Islands, Panpipes
Compiled By [Uncredited]Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service
A25Unknown ArtistPeru, Wedding Song
Recorded By [Uncredited]John Cohen (2)
A26Guan PinghuFlowing Streams7:37
A27Kesarbai KerkarJaat Kahan Ho3:30
A28Blind Willie JohnsonDark Was The Night3:15
A29Budapest String QuartetString Quartet No. 13 In B Flat, Opus 130, Cavatina
Written-By [Uncredited]Ludwig van Beethoven
Sounds From The Earth
A30Unknown ArtistMusic Of The Spheres
Composed By [Uncredited]Laurie Spiegel
A31No ArtistWind, Rain, Surf
A32No ArtistChimpanzee
A33No ArtistFire, Speech
A34No ArtistHerding Sheep, Blacksmith, Sawing
A35No ArtistHorse And Cart
A36No ArtistF-111 Flyby, Saturn 5 Lift-off
A37No ArtistVolcanoes, Earthquake, Thunder
A38No ArtistCrickets, Frogs
A40No ArtistWild Dog
A41No ArtistThe First Tools
A42No ArtistTractor, Riveter
A43No ArtistTrain
A44No ArtistKiss, Mother And Child
A45No ArtistMud Pots
A46No ArtistBirds, Hyena, Elephant
A47No ArtistFootsteps, Heartbeat, Laughter
A48No ArtistTame Dog
A49No ArtistMorse Code, Ships
A50No ArtistTractor, Bus, Auto
A51No ArtistLife Signs, Pulsar
Scenes From The Earth
A52No ArtistData Track

Companies, etc.



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.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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

Other Versions (5)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Murmurs Of Earth (The Voyager Interstellar Record) (2×CD, CD-ROM, Album, Box Set, Compilation, Commemorative Edition)Warner New MediaWNM 14021US1992
New Submission
Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition (Box Set, Compilation, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered, 3×LP, 180 gram)Ozma RecordsOzma-001US2017
Recently Edited
The Voyager Golden Record (3×LP, Repress, Translucent Gold, 140g, Box Set, Compilation)Ozma RecordsOzma-001US2017
The Voyager Golden Record (2×CD, Compilation, Reissue, Remastered)Ozma RecordsOZMA001US2017
New Submission
The Voyager Golden Record (2×CD, Album, Compilation, Promo, Remastered)Ozma RecordsnoneUS2017


  • Tedster41's avatar
    Edited 4 months ago
    I'm surprised only 57 aliens own this, I always thought it was a nice compilation. Must have not done well in the Official Crab Nebula Charts. I wonder if 'Here Comes the Sun' was included it would have done better. I suppose the almighty banger of 'The Sounds of Betelgeuse' was released around the same time. Not even Chuck Berry can compete with the Glablor Brothers!
    • tunnelofgoats's avatar
      alien here, this shit bangs! 10/10 album gleep glorp :3
      • WhiteHoleRecords's avatar
        16 2/3 RPM, lathe cut, gold on copper. Why did we send aliens the worst possible sounding record of the lamest stuff? Couldn't we have sent them "Thriller" on vinyl or something cooler? They're gonna avoid us just based on our taste in music.
        • I think the aliens made some bootlegs ha ha ha
          • JellyRamp's avatar
            lmfao 45 people have it, i think the aliens made some bootlegs
            • ringorider's avatar
              Exactly, now 45 people have it. Seems those aliens have made dubplates and come to back to earth with their record bags.
              • tkrwm's avatar
                Isn't it funny how 39 people claim to own something of which eleven copies were only ever made?
                • vancouverbeard's avatar
                  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.
                  • dhanidata's avatar
                    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!
                    • goonbagdarrell's avatar
                      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


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