WHAT IS REMURMUR?
Voyager’s Golden Record is a very imperfect memory of life on Earth. Given Voyager will outlive us and the solar system because of the preservative nature of deep space, the memory on the Golden Record is set to last a very long time indeed: billions of years. Its architect, the visionary Carl Sagan in putting together the Golden Record as a remembrance also undertook an act of forgetting – everything not on the Record itself.
The contents of the Golden Record include music and images. Given the time available to Carl Sagan and his team, however, this collection is highly idiosyncratic and personal: including as it does a record of the brain waves of Ann Druyan – later to become Sagan’s wife – as she thought about the object of her love – Sagan himself.
What’s as significant as the Golden Record itself is what it says about the species that created it. It’s a very poor record of life on Earth. It is not an objective portrait. There is for example no reference to war on the record; neither does popular 20th century culture get a mention (aside from a Chuck Berry record).
The Golden Record is ripe for a re-imagining by artists, musicians and photographers.
VideoVideos exploring the Voyager themes:
Sound/textRemixing the voyager sound files:
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