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Revisiting the Golden Record’s Space in Human (and Non-Human) History

Forget talking with aliens. Instead, they might respond to a playlist. This was the logic in the late ’70s.

For this Throwback Thursday, join me in revisiting an actual musical playlist that was blasted into space a few decades ago with the sincere hope of being found by and listened to by, yes, aliens.

A couple of years ago, I made an investment on Kickstarter to receive a replica reproduction of the Golden Record. Reproduced and organized by Ozma Records, this was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. Listening to the eclectic soundtrack — songs and sounds of nature, like rain — it is truly unique to living on Earth.

Of course, there are plenty of additions that could and should be added from 40 years ago. More popular songs plus a few blockbuster, culture-altering movies, as well as classic TV shows, would be added for the Golden Record: Part II.

One of these new film additions would have to be ‘Independence Day.’

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The Sound of Returning to Yellowstone

Movie and TV soundtracks are a musical art form reliant on imaginative pressure points and successful through emotional connection. Somewhere between the macro and the micro of the sound is the sweet spot of where we find ourselves between the intricately placed notes of the composer.

And in the case of the Paramount original series ‘Yellowstone,’ it’s composer Brian Tyler who has created a theme song as unique as the famed western escape.

For me, the ‘Yellowstone’ theme song draws me in by the past of Yellowstone yet I remain for the prospect of exploring a place like Prospector, Utah in the future.

Pushing Musical Boundaries (Literally)

Interstellar was a cinematic journey into the unknown in every sense, from the practical sets to the original story to the daringly experimental soundtrack. Being able to witness the thought process and motivations for an epic Hollywood blockbuster is a rare treat. As Oscar buzz continues to build to a roar for next months ceremony, it’s exciting to get insights behind the closed doors regarding the magic of movie making and the composition of its epic soundtrack.

This video provides fans with that special glimpse, featuring the Oscar 2015-nominated composer Hans Zimmer and his mysteriously ambitious director-friend Christopher Nolan.

The impressive inception of Interstellar.

Head in the Clouds

Nothing.

I’ve been trying to think of something to write about, but nothing is coming to mind. It’s downright perplexing. Hmm? Perhaps what I need to do is “space out” for a little while to clear my head. Alright, let’s give this a try.

Convention dictates I should be laying outside in a field or at the top of a grassy hill while gazing up at clouds shaped like Abraham Lincoln or a spaceship (is that cloud just shaped like a spaceship or…). The past few days have provided us folks in Columbus, Ohio with some of the most majestic cloud formations to date this year, which is a sign for great potential to finally clear my head and get focused.

The childhood exercise of staring openly into the vast sky is not only relaxing, but remarkably sedative. Vague images of favorite characters and entire cities in the sky spark our imaginations to run wild and see things we never thought possible…or, quite frankly, never knew we were capable of seeing.

The clouds, though thousands of feet above us, appear so intimately close sometimes. And, in addition to their surreal proximity, their density is also continuously called into question. Can these cloud formations, that have been looking like grand kingdoms lately, really hold no weight at all?

Are clouds simply an imaginative mirage?

Do you see a spaceship? The girl of your dreams? Heaven?

Despite the literal composition of clouds, one thing is certain: we will never know what they are truly made of until we fill our heads with them.

P.S. This music will help in your daydreaming journey:

P.P.S. Trust your instincts on seeing a spaceship…really!