- “Send me to space, please.”
Ugh. I didn’t know this but way back in 1977, when the two Voyager deep-space probes launched, NASA had noted musical expert Carl Sagan chair a committee to select the music that would represent the human race to all of space and time, forever. Lapham’s Quarterly has the whole tracklist, but I’ll sum up: world folk music from five continents plus dead white classical composers. I CAN’T BELIEVE THERE’S NO BOWIE.
If the Earth was dying and a deep-space culture ark was launching today, what tracks would you include? (For the record, I would also include Bach and Beethoven, and maybe the gamelan, but probably not the Pygmy girls’ initiation song.)