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Published on Mar 11, 2014
This music, sound and images are the Brandenburg 300 Project's tribute to the Golden Records on the Voyager Spacecrafts that carry Bach's Brandenburg Concerto, and left our solar system in 2012.
Brandenburg 621 (Voyager 2) is a jazz-classical crossover of the 1st and 2nd movements of the Sixth Brandenburg Concerto by Bob Danziger and the Brandenburg 300 Project.
The video features paintings by some of the great painters of the last 600 years: Da Vinci, Hongzhong, Ligare, Rembrandt, Shen Zhou, Van Gogh, van der Kool and Vermeer.
The video builds on the history of the U.S. space program, and in particular the decision to go to the moon. President Kennedy launched the effort in a speech at Rice University, proclaiming "We choose to go the moon . . .Not because it is easy, but because it is hard." And within 10 years we landed on the moon. Almost incomprehensible back then, fifty years later, in 2012, Voyager became the first man-made object to ever leave our solar system. Voyager was launched in 1977.
On the side of the two Voyager spacecrafts is a Golden Record, a time capsule of music, images and speeches that it was hoped would one day be encountered by beings somewhere else in the universe. The Brandenburg Concerto is the first music on the Voyagers Golden Records and a picture of our collective soul to the rest of the Universe. The version on Voyager is by Karl Richter and the Munich Bach Orchestra.
The Voyagers may wander for 50 billion years, and the engineers tried with every fiber of their being to create a record that could last longer than human history.
They engineered the Golden Record to survive at least until they get to the closest stars we know about, if not for the whole journey. We will not know if they succeeded, but I can tell you for sure that they tried.
It will take Voyager 1 40,000 years to get to the star AC + 79, and Voyager 2 another 256,000 years to get to Sirius.
As of March, 2014 Voyager 1 has travelled 16.1 billion miles, and Voyager 2 has travelled 15.5 billion miles.
Also included are images of Dr. Martin Luther King -- the greatest voice in US history, and Oleg Penkovsky who is credited with preventing an actual shooting nuclear war between the United States and Russia at about the same time as president Kennedy's speech.
Music and video arranged and played by Bob Danziger.
Music mixed by Pat Woodland.
Images and paintings are provided to the public domain by Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, Museums and Wikimedia Commons, except "Landscape with an Archer" painted by and courtesy of David Ligare.