Not bad science but there’s a great story in the Mail on Sunday about Prof Don Kurtz and his recordings from space: he’s changed the speed to get the frequencies into the audible range. You can listen to them below.
The Mail say they are “bell like tones”, and that’s not entirely inaccurate. They sound to me, as a music equipment nerd, a bit like the sound of a ring modulator, where the frequencies are mathematically related to each other but not in a classic harmonics kind of way.
…and there are 13 more that won’t play in my flash mp3 player box thing, which you can find here:
Similar fun to be had with the eerie sound of Saturn’s radio emissions here.
There’s also quite a big scene for people making music out of the grinds and clanks of MRI scanners, showcased recently at dorkbot, but for some reason I can’t find any links on it right now. Are there any other good examples of music being extracted from lab equipment? Once upon a time, of course, that’s how all electronic music was made.
Here is the music of an MRI scanner, courteousy of Donald McRobbie, playing his guitar through the scanner, using the prodigiously huge magnet as a loudspeaker. You have to empty your pockets before you go anywhere near an MRI scanner, because metal items become projectiles. Me and my woman like to smear the
entire room lens with vaseline before lying down next to an open fire listening to this first tune.
“Basically – in “Shimming” the first sound you hear is the scanner running one of it’s normal routines. The first guitar is played through the MR gradient system using the magnet as a loudspeaker and recorded on a microphone. All the other instruments are added later. This is my own composition. Please acknowledge phonographic copyright to me 2003. The scanner was a 0.5T Picker.”
“The second piece is recorded on a Siemens 1.5T Vision scanner, each guitar part being played through one physical gradient x,y, or z. The basic percussion part is a specially written MR pulse sequence. Other instruments are added later. All guitars are through the scanner.”
More Don music stuff below: