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

Semiconductor Films - "20 Hz"

Van Allen Belt chorus

Daniel Starr-Tambor - "Mandala" (this piece is the longest palndrome ever created, at 62 viginitillion notes!!)


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