I love any story that has to do with SETI research. We’ve been listening for signals from space for decades now with little to show for it (although the recent chatter about Proxima Centauri seems interesting.)
Maybe, though, instead of quietly listening, we should be a little more shouty about our existence (although this does raise the issues articulated in Cui Lixin’s The Three-Body Problem, which is sobering, to say the least).
That hasn’t stopped astrophysicist Jill Carter (the model for Jody Foster’s character in Contact) and Felipe Pérez Santiago, a composer and musician from Mexico. They’ve launched the “Earthling Project,” which is a envisioned as a musical message to the stars.
The duo is asking people to upload snippets of them singing a song. Everything will be assembled into a chorus of human voices and then launched into space later this year.
I quote: “We are a group of music fanatics, space geeks, and technologists that believe music brings people together for good. Inspired by space, the project is creating collective compositions to act of symbols of our species and be messages for generations to come.”
Once everything is assembled, the music will be stored on a virtually indestructible disc that will be sent to the moon. There’s no one there (or so we’ve been told!) but from what I gather, this is just the first step to sending human music to the stars. Call it a proof-of-concept thing.
(Thanks to Andrew for the tip.)