Hey all, finally made an account and wanted to point out something interesting. This is not my work, but someone on the NMS subreddit found out that the transcript on 9/16 A matches with the end of one of the game’s plotlines. Sorry if this is too long, or this has been discussed before; here goes:
“The Signal and the Dying Planet” is part of the Abandoned Buildings storyline, where we find the audio logs left by a Traveller in the past. More interesting, the log console always says “Returning User confirmed”, or something along those lines, suggesting that us, the player, has been there before.
As the story unfolds, the past Traveller detects an ancient signal, that calls his name, from a distant planet. He sets out to find the origin, and once he gets there he finds that the planet has been long since destroyed. In the remains of the old world, he found the wreckage of a ship identical to his, still emitting the signal he was looking for.
The story ends abruptly in the game, but with if we continue it with the text from Cobra TV’s cassette we now get:
"I exhumed the corpse of the ship that had sent a message to me across the millennia, the ship that knew my name. Crushed and warped by unimaginable forces, I could barely recognise it. But I did see a corroded Odvinsko hyperdrive, a cryo-pod. The same as my ship’s. My vessel is buried here. The voice is mine. I am warning myself- I am alone in this space between worlds […] I am alone but for you. I see you. […] you must have known what this was. […] I cannot step through. I know now that if I do, all of this will be over. […]
One day your voice will speak to you telling you of something, some signal that needs answering, will tell you of some secret at the heart of reality, some puzzle that needs to be solved […] Do not listen to it. […] Abandon it. Abandon me. It is inevitable."
In the same story, the paragraph where the Traveller tries to make sense of the signal, a Korvax Entity discovered that the signal had another layer beneath the audio:
“I dismissed the signal as a chance event, a random coalescence of interference that happened to resemble a spoken voice. In truth, it had disturbed me. The Entity analysed the message in its own curiosity and revealed another layer beneath the audio component. A visual of a world with green skies and an obsidian moon.”
People have speculated that the Side B of the tape is the actual signal the Traveller has been following. The signal is calling his name, and the name is somewhere in the audio (“And yet my name is spoken clearly amid the static and distortion”), and that the Traveller’s name could be the key to the 4th glyph puzzle.
Edit: reddit thread