Belgian mathematician, lecturer and musician just completed electronic music album made entirely of black hole data


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Seeking to combine his love of numbers and data with music and emotion, a Belgian mathematician has created an electronic music album derived from data collected from black holes.

By translating data from simulations of black hole fusions, gravitational waves, neutron stars, the behavior of elementary particles near black holes and white dwarfs into sound, Valery Vermeulen created music and created even signed a recording contract with Ash International.

Valery worked with cosmologist Dr. Thomas Hertog, a former colleague and longtime collaborator of Stephen Hawking, to collect gravitational wave data for the project, titled Mikromedas AdS / CFT 001.

Much of the data Vermeulen collects comes from the Voyager satellite, which is currently about 14 billion kilometers from Earth, and primarily captures electromagnetic radiation emitted by various galactic objects.

It then uses “data sonication” to transform the radiation readings into sound.

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Vermeulen then mixes this data sonification with other data sources which he reinterprets himself using electronic music software like Max MSP to create tracks.

Caroline Teunisse

The music itself is dark and representative, and that’s exactly what one would expect from a black hole. But before you stop and think, General Relativity tells us that we would not be able to detect near, far, or black hole sound with our ears, even if our body was not undone in it. process.

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What is striking in the results of the work of Vermeulen and Voyager is that each sound one hears is not the demented flight of a distant electronic music producer, but an auditory representation of a given. important observed in the real world, which means there is no lint and no unnecessary detail.

(Listen to the audio below.)

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