‘VOYAGER’ comprises two parts: “Journey To Jupiter” and “Saturn And Beyond”, respectively broken down into nine tracks each.
From launch to concluding track “Legacy” they form a cosmic ‘fly-by’, taking in Jupiter and its major moons: Europa, Ganymede, Io and Callisto, and then on to Saturn, its major moon Titan, Uranus and Neptune.
Each Voyager craft contains a gold plated copper disc containing images, sounds and music from the Earth, and some of the sounds from the disc appear on the first track of this album, “Celestial Voices”.
Says Greveson: “That derives from a track of greetings in fifty-five different languages from the people of planet Earth while the final sounds on the album are from Voyager itself, the sounds of the solar wind.”
With the music written, Greveson turned to designer/film-maker Tim Gill to create an appropriate filmic context that would be entertaining as well as educational.
Says Warren: “Tim had designed a vast number of audio and film releases including one last year for my band Dolennu.
“I had seen some of his film shorts work, too, so I had no doubt that he would do a great job of translating my music into images.”
While he suggests that “Hello From Planet Earth” was straightforwardly derived from sourcing and licensing images and clips pertaining to each track name and assembling these into a narrative context, Gill acknowledges how his composer’s folding of 70’s music stylings and tropes into the soundtrack informed his design and direction.
“From the start, I wanted to create a film that would be fun without undermining the factual elements of the Voyager Project story,” he says.
“While his compositions were of the now, I could hear in this music Warren throwing us back to the Voyagers’ launch decade from time to time. I decided to emulate the concept visually,” Tim continues.
“So there are elements of 70’s sci-fi TV and science education film shorts seeded into the final cut. The outcome is faintly retro in feel and I think it adds to the fun.”
Warren Greveson has the last word on the project:
“We don’t really know what these intrepid spaceships have encountered in any depth,” he declares.
“They’ve reported back using legacy technology that’s relatively unsophisticated today, and that’s limited their experiences into basic references. But they have done it, nonetheless, and will continue to, until their energy source runs out sometime around 2025.
“Unless they collide with something, the Voyagers will travel around the Milky Way, orbiting it every 225 million years.
“That’s an extraordinary thought – we’re very pleased with our imagining of it in this music and movie.”