A Porcelain Raft: “Giove”
B The Antlers: “Jupiter”
A Mutual Benefit: “Terraform”
B Anna Meredith: “Miranda”
A The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program: “Always Together With You (The Bridge Song)”
B The Holydrug Couple: “Amphitrites Lost”
A Youth Lagoon: “Worms”
B Blues Control: “Blues Danube”
A Beach House: “Saturn Song”
B Zomes: “Moonlet”
A Absolutely Free: “EARTH I”
B Jesu: “Song of Earth”
A Benoit & Sergio: “Long Neglected Words”
B Larry Gus: “Sphere of Io (For Georg Cantor)”
I’m no stranger to music that’s made of space stuff. I even made a whole episode about it. That’s why I am reaching Bieber-fever-like levels excitement about this album.
Voyager 1 and 2 collected loads of data about electromagnetic radiation during their journey through the solar system. You can’t hear that radiation, of course, but it does exist as waves, just the same way sound does (in the simplest sense, anyway). By converting the frequency and amplitude of the radiation into an audible format, that space data can become music. Magical stuff.
After you check out the teaser songs above, I think you’ll join me in my excitement. To call one track out by name, I’m a huge Beach House fan, so I can’t wait to see what they do with Saturn as their muse, since it is clearly the best planet.
But since we have to wait until April for the rest, in the meantime check out my previous Voyager music posts:
- NASA’s hard-to-find 1992 ambient music album, made from Voyager data, listen here in full: Symphonies of the Planets
- Dominic Vicinanza’s 37-year symphonic duet of Voyager 1 and 2.
- Another Vicinanza symphonic creation, this time just Voyager 1.
- My Space Sounds episode features music made from sunspots, solar wind, magnetic fields, and the orbits of the planets themselves.
In an alternate universe where spacesuits have skinny pants, this is the official soundtrack for exploring the stars.