There is no sound in space. In the near-vacuum of space, there is nothing to transmit the physical waves that we need to perceive sound. But that doesn't mean we can't MAKE sound from space. This week, I feature several artists using scientific data to create "space sonification" projects. From the longest palindrome ever created to a chorus created from Earth's magnetic field, these pieces lie at the intersection of art and science. More than just art, they allow us to perceive patterns in complex data in a completely new way.

 

Perhaps it answers the question: If the universe had a voice, what song would it sing?

FULL Versions of Pieces Featured:

Robert Alexander - Transit of Venus http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/...

Semiconductor Films - "20 Hz"
http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/...

Van Allen Belt chorus
http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/...

Daniel Starr-Tambor - "Mandala"
http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/... (this piece is the longest palndrome ever created, at 62 viginitillion notes!!)

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Written and hosted by Joe Hanson
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Check out our last episode: "Why Music Moves Us"
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Want even MORE? "Mainly Microbe - Meet Your Microbiome" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BZME8...

"The Odds of Finding Life and Love"
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