Electronic Music

Cover Art for The Chronicles of Highway Joe

 

Hello from the Children of Planet Earth is the first track from the album in progress, The Chronicles of Highway Joe.  The track features samples from recorded greetings engraved on the golden records that were mounted to the twin Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft launched by NASA in 1977.

The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages were included. Each record is encased in a protective aluminum jacket, together with a cartridge and a needle. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and indicate how the record is to be played. Though some images are encoded in analog form, the remainder of the record is in audio, designed to be played at 16-2/3 revolutions per minute. It contains the spoken greetings, beginning with Akkadian, which was spoken in Sumer about six thousand years ago, and ending with Wu, a modern Chinese dialect.

“The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”  – Dr. Carl Sagan

The last greeting on Hello from the Children of Planet Earth is the voice of Dr. Sagan’s son, Nick, who was 6 years old at the time. Special thanks to NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for recordings of the greetings as well as Voyager footage.