Thaddeus O'Neil

by NICK REMSEN

The Voyager Golden Records are a set of vinyls that were shot into space in 1977. On them were burned a sampling of earthly noises; music, of course, but also human voices and animal sounds. They’re currently somewhere deep, deep out there, and, though things have changed considerably, their recordings are meant to impart a hopeful and tiny aural glimpse of life on our planet. “It’s utopian,” said Thaddeus O’Neil. “I didn’t ever think we’d be where we are now, politically speaking—but those discs show a little bit of our good side, of what we are.”