‘Humanity: Anthology’ – a soundscape inspired by the sounds of the NASA Voyager program.
Like all of Mihail Doman’s releases, ‘Humanity‘ was supposed to also feature electronic elements. But as the development of the album moved on, it became more and more apparent that the opus was to be fully orchestral. So, any synthesizer or artificial sounds were removed, leaving only the glorious orchestra to be heard.
But some of those ideas were worth keeping, and they were used for this release – the companion piece to ‘Humanity’, called simply ‘Humanity: Anthology’. The seven minute long single explores the sounds of the NASA Voyager program recorded on the famous Golden Record.
The phonograph record – made in two copies – was included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. It contains sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and is intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form who may find it. The sounds were curated by a committee chaired by the late Carl Sagan.
‘Anthology’ is a soundscape made up of the samples from the aforementioned record – heavily modified and treated with distortion, delay and reverb effects. Some of the sounds used are the sounds of the Earth (field recordings of every day life), the spoken greetings from around the world (in 55 languages), and the original ‘per aspera ad astra’ Morse code. The sonic field also features some other mysterious Morse code sounds, the meaning of which shall remain a secret.