Jack White is taking things above and beyond, quite literally.
In his latest attempt to make history, White is planning to play a phonographic gold record in space. His record label’s website reveals that the record is a “gold-plated 12” master of Carl Sagan’s A Glorious Dawn”. They will carry out their space mission using The iCarus Craft, a high-altitude balloon. The spacecraft was designed by Kevin Carrico who will be working with the label to get it off the ground with the assistance of SAINTS (Students and Teachers in Near Space).
We weren’t sure what the plan was in the beginning. It began with this cryptic video, posted by his record label Third Man Records last week.
Now that we know, the excitement of whether he can actually do this is slowly creeping up.
There will be launch parties in Detroit and Nashville and a live stream, so the historic event can be viewed. There will also be live performances at each location, as well as Q&A with Carrico in Detroit and a display of the record in question in Nashville.
Apparently White has spoken about his dreams about combining music with the wide world above before. Time recalls a conversation recorded by Interview Magazine that occurred about four years ago between White and legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin about this little idea:
“We want to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player, and possibly that Carl Sagan record, and figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play.”
Keeping his dream firmly close to his heart, here we are.
Let’s hope it works! Stay tuned.
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