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NASA's Voyager spacecraft departed earth in 1977 with a golden LP on board

JS Bach’s Voyager Golden Record Prelude

A gift from Ensemble Klang to the Bach Festival Dordrecht, this little film is a tribute to the Voyager Golden Record. NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft departed our shores back in 1977 and is currently floating further from Earth than any other human-made object. On board is a golden LP containing a recording of this Bach Prelude. After drifting through light years of dark empty space the probe might one day encounter some lucky alien life-form who’ll be able to discover its recorded human delights.

The work forms a part of our 2020 Diversions: a series of online videos and recordings made during the corona lockdown and socially-distanced year of 2020.

Prelude No. 1 (BWV 846) – JS Bach (arr. Joey Marijs)
Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1)
performed by Ensemble Klang

Video: Vincent Van Den Broek