This documentary series will follow each of the 27 tracks of music that were selected for the Golden Record, launched aboard NASA’s Voyager Spacecraft 1 and 2 in 1977. 40 years later, back here on Earth, we want to explore the musical cultures belonging to these 27 songs. In the same way that Carl Sagan and his team wished to socialize musically with extraterrestrial beings through this Record – a musical gesture of greeting from one cosmic neighbor to another – the series’ mission will be to demonstrate how crucial it is to invest in and preserve our most fundamental forms of expression that unify us as a global human race. We hope this series will serve as a cinematic gesture for us all to become better neighbors on this Earth, so that we may together identify the cultural, social and environmental issues that are most in need of preservation and safeguarding.
The 27 songs were selected as “musical representatives” of our civilization, but what can we say we know about them? To explore this question, we will seek out the artists who today continue the legacy of these musical traditions. El Jinete Films will travel to each country represented on the Record in order to capture the musical traditions of the Record as they exist today. We will allow the musicians to guide us through their customs, cultures and homes and ultimately, through a performance of the song. Serving as an homage to the Golden Record, GOLDEN TRACKS: MUSIC ABOARD THE VOYAGER will document the life of the people behind the music at the place of origin, on what will surely be an incredible world tour.
The episodic structure of the series is as follows: Episode 1 - The Old New World (Native American music, Blues, Jazz and Rock n’ Roll), Episode 2 - America Latina (Peru and Mexico), Episode 3 - The World of Oceania (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia), Episode 4 - Africa (Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Episode 5 - East and Southeast Asia (China, Japan, India and Java), Episode 6 - Pioneers of Western Classical Music (U.K. and Germany), Episode 7 - Classical Music Pt. II (Germany, Austria and Russia), Episode 8 - Eurasia and Eastern Europe (Azerbaijan, Georgia and Bulgaria).
We have been developing this project for the past two years and have already started working on the storylines for 6 of our 27 tracks! Take a look:
After producing two feature documentaries, multiple shorts and over a dozen music videos, we are embarking on Golden Tracks, our most ambitious project yet. Originally from Bulgaria, as young children, we had always heard about the Bulgarian music drifting through outer-space. This is one of the main (out of many) reasons we have become so deeply inspired to tell this story.