Simply put, “The Symphony of Science is a musical project by John Boswell designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.”
Carl Sagan played a leading role in the American space program since its inception. He was a consultant and adviser to NASA beginning in the 1950s, he briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon, and was an experimenter on the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to the planets. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Sagan was the author of many bestsellers, including Cosmos, which became the best-selling science book ever published in the English language.
SO, I pegged this as another permutation of the “autotune the news” meme, but I have actually grown fond of the song and actually downloaded the mp3 from John’s site. Apparently others have decided the jam is one better than a mere one-time interweb diversion, and the song was released on Jack White’s (yes, that Jack White) Third Man Records.
Apparently, the release is aligned with Sagan’s would be 75th birthday. The one-sided single features a very special etching on the flipside, copying the etching included with the Voyager Golden Record, set off into interstellar space in 1977.
The contents of said record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Sagan, who, with his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as wind, and thunder, and animal noises. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, spoken greetings in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from then President Jimmy Carter.
This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.
You can actually listen to the Voyager record here.
I hope some little green guy out there heard this and maybe figured Earth would be, after all, worth his while: