Mozart in Space: A Love Story
The 1977 Voyager II Golden Record includes sounds of animals and humans on Earth, as well as music ranging from Bulgarian folk songs to the Queen of the Night’s famous aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute. This once-utopian project seems quaint in the era of climate crisis and renewed nuclear threats, not to mention the extreme unlikelihood of its being heard by alien “ears.” The recording tells a love story, through the collaboration between Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, and also of human beings toward the larger cosmos. At the same time, the violence of the Mozart aria “talks back” to its own, recorded historical moment from a darker future.
KeywordsUtopia Music Media transmission Adaptation
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