THE GOLD 45 PROTOTYPE
7" flexidisc book, playable at 33 1/3 RPM, edition of 100
A proposed sequel to NASA's 1977 Voyager Golden Record, updating the extraterrestrials on what we've been doing down here on Earth for the past 40 years. Made in collaboration with over 470 Cambridge residents, the prototype features greetings, sounds, music and artwork responding to a democratically selected list of the most significant developments to life on Earth since 1978.
Images within the flexidisc book include a set of six paper collages, The Shortlist.
Supported by Arts Council England
Video features a segment from Sounds of Earth 2.0, a composition of 'the 15 most significant sounds of human life since 1978' selected by and recorded with Year 5 students at St. Matthew's Primary School, Cambridge.
This segment includes: Pac Man arcade game sounds, Super Mario Bros.'game-over' video game sound, Nokia mobile phone ringtone, iPhone ringtone, email send and receive notifications, and the first few bars of a drum sample, represented by the theme song from the 1990's American sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.