space sounds

Space Music: Aeolian Harps, Solar Sound Boxes and Bitesize Beats

Is our sun a musician? Yeah, it can bust out some tunes if you hand it an instrument -- or devise a way to convert its rhythms and pulses into audible sound (discussed in this Space Music post). But what happens when this G-type main sequence star teams up with another musical heavyweight? Nope, I'm not talking about Jay-Z. We're talking the Earth's atmosphere.

Space Music: Sounds of the Universe and Planetarium Soundtracks

As we've discussed in previous posts, the universe is constantly emitting a chorus of strange sounds. Most of the time, however, we can't hear them. So we're compelled to create our own amazing music about it. Sometimes this means busting out some 1980s new age synth in a planetarium. First up in this week's Space Music, 365 Days of Astronomy podcaster Carolyn Collins Petersen conducted this interview with Mark C. Petersen AKA Geodesium.

Space Music: Solar Music Explained

Your parents probably told you never to stare at the sun, but they didn't warn you about listening to it. So by all means lend an ear to the wonderful little sample of "solar music" embedded in the post from solar physicists at the University of Sheffield. Those 14 seconds of noise may sound a little bit like Tangerine Dream, but it's actually caused by the movement of giant magnetic loops in the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere: the solar corona.

Space Music: Symphonies of the Planets

In this Space Music post, we'll discuss "Symphonies of the Planets," the five-volume collection of ambient space drone music released in 1992 by Lasterlight Records. Plus we'll also discuss new-age nerd goddess Fiorella Terenzi, the glittering Italian astrophysics diva that Time Magazine dubbed a cross between Carl Sagan and Madonna. Cosmic mystery AND European sex appeal? Yep, its all in this epic doubleheader of a post.