Voyage into the Universe
In 1977 the Voyager Golden Records were launched into space. Selected by Carl Sagan, they contained folk, blues, Bach, Chuck Berry, brainwaves, animal sounds and greetings in many languages. The opening track is a piece of electronic music: an interpretation of Johannes Kepler’s “Harmonices Mundi”, the music of the spheres, by American computer music composer Laurie Spiegel.
Spiegel is a true pioneer of electronic music, and while she is best known for her inclusion on the Golden Records, it is her album The Expanding Universe that is her most important work. Recorded in the 70s, and released in 1980, it is her magnum opus.