There’s music “out there” . . . “in here” . . . and EVERYWHERE!
It never fails. Everytime I ask for something of the Universe, I receive it, and almost always it comes through someone else. A friend and colleague sent this to me yesterday and I couldn’t wait to pass it on to my blog readers. I’ve been asking for this a long time. This is the “stuff” we’re made of. Enjoy!
Scientists have simulated the sounds set to be made by sub-atomic particles such as the Higgs boson when they are produced at the Large Hadron Collider. The aim is to give physicists at the LHC another way to analyse their data. The sonification team believes that ears are better suited than eyes to pick out the subtle changes that might indicate the detection of a new particle. “We can hear clear structures in the sound, almost as if they had been composed. They seem to tell a little story all to themselves. They’re so dynamic and shifting all the time, it does sound like a lot of the music that you hear in contemporary composition,” he explained.
Although the project’s aim is to provide particle physicists with a new analysis tool, Archer Endrich believes that it may also enable us to eavesdrop on the harmonious background sound of the Universe. He said he hoped the particle collisions at Cern would “reveal something new and something important about the nature of the Universe”. And Mr Endrich says that those who have been involved in the project have felt something akin to a religious experience while listening to the sounds. “You feel closer to the mystery of Nature which I think a lot of scientists do when they get deep into these matters,” he said. “It’s so intriguing and there’s so much mystery and so much to learn. The deeper you go, the more of a pattern you find and it’s fascinating and it’s uplifting.”
Click on this link and listen to the “God particles” playing the eternal “Music of the Spheres”!