157: Planet Earth’s Greatest Hits

This is a show that I made a long while back specifically for the Patreon crowd. Those are the folks who have been supporting the program and helping me to cover some of the hosting and other costs attached to doing the show (e.g. subscriptions, software, etc.). In fact, it was so long ago that the show’s logo changed in the interim. I had to re-do the cover art to accommodate the change. (Changing the lettering is easy; the rest of it was more complicated than it should have been. But now I’m just kvetching.)

Their money also funded the source materials for this particular episode. As it happens, there’s only one place you can get it. And it’s only available on LP, though with the LP came the ability to download digital files as well. At any rate, because the LP set was quite expensive, I decided to create the episode as a “Thank You” to those folks. I also knew that I would publish it to everyone else in the future, around this time of year.

For those of you who don’t know: you can support the show financially at patreon.com/howgooditis. For a mere five bucks a month, you get a weekly newsletter where I share information from around the music world. The newsletter has a couple of Patron Saints, and that newsletter is delivered every single week (OK, there have been a couple of misses, usually due to illness) whether there’s an episode or not. So while there haven’t been any episodes in several weeks, the Patrons have been seeing newsletters.

So anyway: what we have in this super-sized episode is a look at the Golden Record. That’s the collection of music curated by scientists and then mastered onto a disc, which was put on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 and blasted off into space. The Voyagers are billions of miles away, and while their discovery by aliens is unlikely (because space is BIG, yo), there’s a more-or-less permanent record (heh) of human culture out there in the universe.

This episode is a track-by-track view of the Golden Record. You don’t hear most of the tracks in their entirety, but you do hear something from every track. It’s a fascinating look at what was considered significant enough to represent the entire planet back in 1977.

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