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March 4, 2018 1:03 PM   Subscribe

Musica universalis...
posted by jim in austin at 1:23 PM on March 4

Musica universalis...

Heh. Ironically enough, given its namesake:

Dr. Russo did a similar musical treatment of Kepler 90, another star with seven planets. “It’s just horrendous,” Dr. Russo said. “It’s very uncomfortable to listen to.”
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:34 PM on March 4 [4 favorites]

Obligatory Fiorella Tirenzi
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:08 PM on March 4

Something gloriously steampunk about using, essentially, a player piano to better understand astrodynamics.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:27 PM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Here's hoping those planets get named after the Von Trapp singers, and we then discover there are several intelligent races at war there. It was a dark day when the Gretls finally tracked us down in New Brigitta...
posted by ulotrichous at 3:45 PM on March 4 [4 favorites]

Now I want to hear Kepler 90. It doesn't appear to be on their website though.
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 4:15 PM on March 4

Hmmm, this almost makes me want to write a proper post on sonification. And I'm not a post-writer normally.
posted by daisystomper at 4:58 PM on March 4 [10 favorites]

Semi-previously, but this is so much better.
posted by Rumple at 7:24 PM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Aw, crap. Sorry, Rumple! I meant to include a “previously” linked to that post.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:00 PM on March 4 [1 favorite]

This is fascinating, and makes me think of how many branches of physics, mathematics, astronomy or other disciplines would benefit from sonification. (Daisystomper, I would love to read your post!)

After all, if visualization is just one way to conceptualize information, why couldn't sonification be effective - particularly for data that is wave-based or could be meaningfully rendered that way? I imagine that there are kinds of data it might be easier to make sense of sonically rather than visually.

Now I'm reminded of a scene in Contact in which a blind scientist identifies additional data embedded in the signal of an incoming space message. (Man, I love the thrill of discovery in that movie.)
posted by dendritejungle at 11:57 AM on March 5 [1 favorite]

It sounds a lot like Ennio Morricone, doesn't it?

I'll take my Holst outta here.
posted by humboldt32 at 3:21 PM on March 5

daisystomper, in case my favorite weren’t endorsement enough, I really hope you’ll make that post.
posted by invitapriore at 9:01 PM on March 5

So we went to see Matt Russo's Our Musical Universe planetarium show last night. Really enjoyed it!

Now I want to hear Kepler 90. It doesn't appear to be on their website though.

Heh. Me too. I did ask him about Kepler 90 and he said it was just unintelligible and not worth it, not even in an "ugh, that's awful but interesting" kind of way.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:18 AM on March 21

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