Conductor Murry Sidlin was the man who suggested the sacrificial dance segment of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for the Golden Record. His arguments were that it had an interesting, complex and very striking structure. As does Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood‘.
The longest piece of music on the Voyager Golden Record is a chin-stroke inducing 8-minute guqin masterclass by Guan Pinghu. However, I need to save space. So I’m sacrificing Caravan’s ‘The Dog, The Dog, He’s at it Again’ (which is awesome, but 6 minutes long) in favour of Caravan’s ‘Love To Love You‘ (which is awesome, but just 3 minutes long).
I love The Cardiacs, if only for the polarising effect they seem to have on listeners. While ‘Tarred and Feathered‘ is quite unpleasant, I can imagine it might appeal to extra terrestrial beings with no common cultural reference points. Indeed, when we finally make contact with an alien race, I suspect their music will sound like this.
I think ET will begin to experience goosebumps around 50 seconds in.