‘Sounds’ of sun inspire extraordinary new album

A new album transporting listeners on a journey to the sun and inspired by ‘sounds’ captured in space and on the ground shows the magic created when science and the arts collide.

Sunconscious sees composer Professor Kim Cunio from The Australian National University (ANU), UK multimedia artist Diana Scarborough and scientist Dr Nigel Meredith from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) reunite for their third album as part of the Sounds of Space project.

Their cross-disciplinary collaboration is inspired by the ‘sounds’ of space from Earth and the sun, and even from beyond our galaxy.

“This album conveys the sheer scale of our sun and how completely it permeates our lives,” Professor Cunio said.

To create this album, the trio used electromagnetic wave data captured by NASA spacecraft and the VLF receiver at the BAS Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica that had been turned into sound.

“The data is usually used to investigate space weather storms, solar wind turbulence and the interior of the sun, all of which are usually inaudible to the human ear,” Dr Meredith said.

But after this data was converted into sound waves audible to humans, the result was, “a truly beautiful, eerie, and at times weird cacophony,” Professor Cunio said.

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