December 19, 2012 7:46 AM Subscribe
"I was sitting with some friends in Woodstock when a telephone call was forwarded to me from someone who claimed to be from NASA, and who wanted to use a piece of my music to contact extraterrestrial life. I said, 'C'mon, if you're for real you better send the request to me through the mail on official NASA letterhead!'"Laurie Spiegel is a composer and a humanist software developer.
Spiegel began her career at Bell Labs, where she designed computer art and music, informed by the concept of informational entropy as a function of time.
Spiegel later became a video artist-in-residence at New York's WNET/Thirteen Experimental TV Lab, working alongside Bill Viola and Nam June Paik.
Spiegel's 1977 composition "The Expanding Universe" was included in the Voyager Spacecraft's Golden Record, and was reissued this year to critical acclaim.
New Yorker review
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