NASA is now converting space data into notes, sound and music

Music is an ever-evolving art. The present times have seen the incorporation of AI into creating music. The limits to music creation are forever limitless. Musicians can gain inspiration from any corner of the world or any aspect of their life span.

Recent developments by NASA are presenting a way through which space data from NASA telescopes can be translated or used to create music.

This ‘sonification’ project commenced at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Center in 2020. Digital data gathered by telescopes have been converted into notes and sounds. The process allows a listener to perceive the data with the use of their hearing sense instead of seeing images.

The ‘sonification’ project has seen major developments in recent times with the support of composer Sophie Kastner. The team involved in the project has now created versions of these data, which can be played by musicians.

The composer in this regard said that the process feels like writing a fictional story. The creative process includes the usage of real facts which are molded into sound and subsequently given a human twist to it.

The pilot program has been primarily focusing on a small region at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, which is also where a supermassive black hole exists. The Telescopes that have been used in the execution of this project include NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, and the retired Spitzer Space Telescope.


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