Space Sounds - Symphonies of the Planets
It’s time for another Episode Extra! (which is where you special blog readers get to check out really cool stuff to go along with my YouTube videos, like special features on a DVD, only way more special-er)
In my latest video, “Space Sounds”, we explored some truly awesome musical and sound creations that were literally made from scientific data collected from space. They are spooky, calming, expansive and just plain wonderful. Watch it here if you haven’t seen the episode yet.
Turns out people have been doing this for a while! In 1992, NASA released a now hard-to-find five-volume musical collection called Symphonies of the Planets. They took electromagnetic sensor data from Voyager 1 and 2’s trip past Jupiter and Saturn, which happened over a decade prior. Solar winds and stellar radio waves were converted into sounds accessible to our ears, and the result is some of the most calming ambient music I’ve ever heard. If only the Voyager probes weren’t running low on power today. Imagine the music we could create as they make their way out of the solar system!
Want to hear more? I found a playlist of all five collections on YouTube for your enjoyment. Here’s some more background on the 1992 release.
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The sound of the universe.
Feels like home.