Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The sounds of Jupiter

A friend of mine pointed my attention towards an unlikely source of music. The planet Jupiter. Allegedly the NASA Voyager once picked up: "The complex interactions of charged electromagnetic particles from the solar wind , planetary magnetosphere etc. create vibration "soundscapes". The result below is a kind of ambient induced sweep of sounds which alters slowly. And I love ambient.

Here is a track from the 1990 album Space Sounds released by Brain/Mind research.



I sincerely doubt that this track is a unedited and raw recordning. But after reading a little from the people of NASA themselves, it seems that this is not fiction anymore. Leaving science. It has been done officially and NASA has some clips of sounds to listen to.

This of course could provide a fascinating backdrop for those who want to seek insperation from other sources then the usual. Maybe especially for those who are into sci fi and space exploration. Many ambient musicians have a keen interest in field recordings of natural sound, which they use in their music. I too own an old minidisc and a sony stereo microphone to record sounds. But most of us admittedly stay on the earth.


Artist Proton Kinoun did not use any audible material from any space exploration program to create his vivid and stunning album Apeiron. But the inspiraration is similar. With a rich imagination and the images of the Hubble Space Telescope he created one of the most beautiful free ambient albums that I have had the privileige to listen to. The netlabel Omnisphere recommends complete darkness and the use of headphones when listening to it. I can only agree.

3 comments:

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Love those sounds...quite different. It always amazes me with the creativity that abounds and can be found in the most unique places!

roentarre said...

This is an interesting post.

You are right about NASA information being quite difficult to comprehend lacking a touch of humanity.

The exploration of outer space world is rather an artistic one. The painting does add a lot of interest to the topic.

The music is, however, somewhat incongruent of the painting presented :)

storpotaten said...

Quite a different experience from listening to Gustav Holst's The Planets. Thanks for sharing!