With all the hysteria surrounding unexplained sky sounds I think it’s time to take a look at how amazing and mysterious our planet can be. It’s only recently that humans have been able to make audio recordings. If you consider the age of the Earth is 4.54 billion years old, how can we prove these noises aren’t part of the natural course of things.
Did you know that the earth can make it’s own beautiful music? Yes it can, however, it takes special equipment or situations to hear it.
Recorded by NASA Voyager as it passed by the planets and moons of our solar system, our blue planet emits its own electromagnetic “signature”. That signature was picked up by special sensors that recorded inaudible radio frequencies from the surface of the earth. These frequencies were converted into audible sound. Remember, these sounds cannot be heard in space and what you hear is a digital representation of the emanations. I think Mother Earth’s music is beautiful, and a perfect background for relaxing meditation. This recording is from Symphonies of the Planets, Nasa Voyager Space Sounds. You can hear all the planet songs, including my favorites, Jupiter and Uranus here.
We’ve just seen what our earth sounds like from space, sort of, but what does it sound like from below? The sound is equally mysterious and soothing.
Located in a Brumadinho, Brazil for the Instituto Cultural Inhotim, Sonic Pavilion is an incredible art installation by California artist Doug Aitken. At the center of the glass pavilion is a one mile deep hole in the earth. Sensitive microphones within the hole pick up noise and vibrations from the earths core. Pretty cool. You can read more about the installation here.
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What does a geo-magnetic storm from the earth’s atmosphere sound like? This is based on data from something called the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio.
20Hz is an art piece by Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt made for the exhibition Invisible Fields at Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona Spain. More info here.
From the description:
20 Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.
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Did you know the northern lights can be heard?
From the Youtube description:
When solar flares hit the Earth’s magnetic field, the skies at both poles can light up with auroras. The particles also create very low frequency electromagnetic waves, a type of natural radio that can be picked up around the globe. Every year sound recordist Steve McGreevy heads north where the reception is best and points his receiver at the sky.
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Oddly I find myself getting emotional when I listen to these. I think it’s because no matter how indifferent the universe seems to be, I feel fortunate to be alive to experience it.
Many of you have been asking why the news media doesn’t pick this stuff up. Well your answer is here. Is HAARP making the skies snore above Malaysia? Or is it Jay Man? from news.com.au