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Data visualisations and cover of the Voyager Golden Record, reproduced here as gold-printed limited edition artwork. Projects of Earth.
Data visualisations and cover of the Voyager Golden Record, reproduced here as gold-printed limited edition artwork. Projects of Earth.
Data visualisations and cover of the Voyager Golden Record, reproduced here as gold-printed limited edition artwork. Projects of Earth.
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The Golden Record silkscreen prints by James Lowe & Alex Szabo-Haslam
The Golden Record silkscreen prints by James Lowe & Alex Szabo-Haslam

Launched in 1977, each Voyager probe carried a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk into space.

The Golden Record contains sounds and images portraying the diversity of life on Earth, communicating a story of our world to extraterrestrials.

Now, in 2017, we bring the cover of The Golden Record home, with data visualisations of the audio tracks, reproduced as limited edition silkscreen prints.

The Golden Record cover with extraterrestrial instructions
The Golden Record cover with extraterrestrial instructions

The Golden Record

The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records, which contain sounds and images demonstrating the diversity of life on Earth. The records were included aboard Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. We have used the following sounds to create our data visualisations:

Greetings to the Universe

Spoken greetings in 55 languages.

Sounds of Earth

Including the sound of rain, animals and insects, Morse Code and more.

Music From Earth

From the classical composer Mozart to Aborigine songs, Music From Earth contained Eastern and Western classics and a variety of ethnic music. 

2017 Data Visualisations and Original Cover Artwork

Using time data generated by all sounds from The Golden Record, we have produced two data visualisations: one is a spiral-shaped object, mimicking the 12-inch disc; the other is a square made from strips of data. Printed in gold ink on fine paper stocks, these serves as partners to a reproduction of the original cover.

Using traditional, hand-pulled, silkscreen printing processes each design is lovingly crafted into a limited edition A2 print, signed and numbered by the artists. Although the handmade process leads to tiny imperfections, this is part of what makes each print unique.

Initially our target is to raise enough to cover a run of silkscreen prints. However, with enough support, we're hoping to offer backers artwork stamped with metallic gold foil. Foil printing is very expensive, so this is not something we may be able to offer for all prints.

THE SPIRAL

Intended to mimic the shape and movement of a 12-inch record, this data visualisation uses audio tracks from the golden record and presents them in a linear spiral.

Silkscreen-printed spiral data visualistion of The Golden Record (Greetings from Earth, Music from Earth, Sounds of Earth)
Silkscreen-printed spiral data visualistion of The Golden Record (Greetings from Earth, Music from Earth, Sounds of Earth)

 THE BLOCK

This square version uses exactly the same data set as the spiral, but presents each audio track as a series of patterned strips.

Silkscreen-printed square data visualistion of The Golden Record (Greetings from Earth, Music from Earth, Sounds of Earth)
Silkscreen-printed square data visualistion of The Golden Record (Greetings from Earth, Music from Earth, Sounds of Earth)

THE ORIGINAL COVER

Alongside the data visualisations, we are reproducing artwork from The Golden Record's cover using the original illustrations.

Silkscreen-printed reproduction of the Golden Record cover, using the original instructions in fine detail.
Silkscreen-printed reproduction of the Golden Record cover, using the original instructions in fine detail.

About us

JAMES LOWE
www.iamjameslowe.co.uk

James is a graphic designer from Sheffield, with experience working for some of the most reputable design agencies in the north of England. Whether it's minimal Star Trek posters or branding for start-ups, James has a knack for producing striking work.

ALEX SZABO-HASLAM
www.szabohaslam.co.uk

Alex is an experienced designer, lecturer and crowdfunder with a love of printed material and obsessive detail. Previous campaigns include Waveform, Citee, Get a Grip and Great Minds.

Production

SILKSCREEN PRINTING

Silkscreen printing is a traditional, versatile technique that uses mesh to create a stencil for artists to print their work onto almost any surface. Ink is 'pushed' through the stencil by hand using a squeegee, leaving a beautiful finish.

COLORPLAN PAPER by GF SMITH

Founded in 1885, GF Smith have a deserved reputation for quality. The paper used for each Golden Record print is from the Colorplan range, a premium uncoated stock used by artists and designers all over the world. Launched in 1972, Colorplan is a British-made, iconic paper with a wonderful texture and superb colours.

Stretch Goal — Foil Stamping

If the campaign raises enough funds, we'll offer backers the option to own artwork stamped with gold foil. These will still be limited edition.

Please note: due to the high costs involved in foil stamping, we may not be able to offer this finish for all prints.

We understand many people prefer a rougher, hand-crafted feel, so we're hoping to offer backers a choice between the two.

This stretch goal is dependent on raising funds for two different print processes (£1,750 per design - over £5,000 to produce all three designs as silkscreen and foil options). Backers will be offered a refund if we cannot fulfill their preferred choice of finish.

Foil-stamped prints have a much more metallic and reflective quality
Foil-stamped prints have a much more metallic and reflective quality

 

An existing poster produced by Alex, which features gold foil stamped onto Ebony Colorplan
An existing poster produced by Alex, which features gold foil stamped onto Ebony Colorplan

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is reaching the goal, which is set to cover costs for printing, packaging and postage. Alex and James have lots of experience working with commercial printers, and great care is taken to make sure each print is of the highest quality.

Hand-pulled silk-screen printing takes a steady hand, a keen eye, and a lot of preparation and effort — these cannot be churned out overnight. However we expect all orders to be delivered within six weeks of the campaign deadline.

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    COVER — Voyager Golden Record

    Gold-printed limited edition print with detailed drawing of the original Golden Record artwork.

    Printed onto 270gsm Ebony Colorplan by GF Smith. Signed and numbered.

    A2 (420x594mm / 16.5 x 23.4")

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    SPIRAL — Data Visualisation

    Spiral data visualisation depicting each audio track from the Golden Record, reproduced as a gold-printed disc (Greetings from Earth, Music from Earth, Sounds of Earth).

    Printed onto 270gsm Ebony Colorplan by GF Smith. Signed and numbered.

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    BLOCK — Data Visualisation

    Square data visualisation depicting each audio track from the Golden Record, reproduced as gold-printed strips (Greetings from Earth, Music from Earth, Sounds of Earth).

    Printed onto 270gsm Ebony Colorplan by GF Smith. Signed and numbered.

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