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Carl Sagan To Release New Single

I doubt Carl Sagan, before his all-too-early death in 1996, could have imagined that he'd one day release an incredibly moving, masterfully produced single (and an amazing video to go along with it), but that's exactly what's happening, thanks to composer John Boswell and Jack White's Third Man Records. Boswell composed and produced the song, "A Glorious Dawn," using the much-maligned AutoTune.

It's really an incredible piece, drawing on clips from Carl Sagan's Cosmos television series, with a special appearance by Stephen Hawking, from the documentary Stephen Hawking's Universe. "A Glorious Dawn" first appeared on YouTube a couple of months ago. Now Third Man Records plans to release it as a 7" on Nov. 9. It'll be a limited-edition, single-sided vinyl record, and only 150 copies will be made available. The release coincides with the 75th anniversary of Sagan's birth.