Showing posts with label NASA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NASA. Show all posts

Sunday, November 06, 2022


video upload by LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

0:00 intro and explanation
1:32 breadboard time
4:26 schematic chat
5:10 the build
8:20 overview of the machine
9:50 weaving the drum beats
11:15 playing the machine
12:56 plugging it into the modular synth
13:58 outro
14:27 credits

Monday, May 23, 2022

The Sound of a Black Hole, Slowed w/ Reverb | Sound Recipes #32

video upload by Reverb

"What does a black hole sound like? NASA recently released the audio of the black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster. We slowed it down and added a ton of ambience for a haunting effect that sounds like the start of an alien invasion. Learn more about this edition of #SoundRecipes here."

NASA's video follows. Read the description for what you are hearing.

Also see sent my way via David Ingebretsen.

Data Sonification: Black Hole at the Center of the Perseus Galaxy Cluster (X-ray)

video upload by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

"Since 2003, the black hole at the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster has been associated with sound. This is because astronomers discovered that pressure waves sent out by the black hole caused ripples in the cluster's hot gas that could be translated into a note — one that humans cannot hear some 57 octaves below middle C. Now a new sonification brings more notes to this black hole sound machine. This new sonification — that is, the translation of astronomical data into sound — is being released for NASA's Black Hole Week this year.

In some ways, this sonification is unlike any other done before (1, 2, 3, 4) because it revisits the actual sound waves discovered in data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The popular misconception that there is no sound in space originates with the fact that most of space is essentially a vacuum, providing no medium for sound waves to propagate through. A galaxy cluster, on the other hand, has copious amounts of gas that envelop the hundreds or even thousands of galaxies within it, providing a medium for the sound waves to travel.

In this new sonification of Perseus, the sound waves astronomers previously identified were extracted and made audible for the first time. The sound waves were extracted in radial directions, that is, outwards from the center. The signals were then resynthesized into the range of human hearing by scaling them upward by 57 and 58 octaves above their true pitch. Another way to put this is that they are being heard 144 quadrillion and 288 quadrillion times higher than their original frequency. (A quadrillion is 1,000,000,000,000,000.) The radar-like scan around the image allows you to hear waves emitted in different directions. In the visual image of these data, blue and purple both show X-ray data captured by Chandra. Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/K.Arcand, SYSTEM Sounds (M. Russo, A. Santaguida)"

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Audio of Juno’s Ganymede Flyby

video upload by JPLraw

"The audio track is made by shifting the frequency of those emissions — which range from 10 to 50 kHz — into the lower audio range"

Sounds like a dual filter with resonance, one slowly sweeping and the other modulated by sample & hold. See the nature label at the bottom of this post for more.

"This 50-second animation provides an auditory as well as visual glimpse at data collected by Juno’s Waves instrument as the spacecraft flew past the Jovian moon Ganymede on June 7, 2021. The abrupt change to higher frequencies around the midpoint of the recording represents the spacecraft's move from one region of Ganymede's magnetosphere to another.

The audio track is made by shifting the frequency of those emissions — which range from 10 to 50 kHz — into the lower audio range

The animation is shorter than the duration of Juno's flyby because the Waves data is edited onboard to reduce telemetry requirements.

More information about Juno is at and"

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Runningonair - Lunar Lander (Music Video)

video by Runningonair

"Like many people of my generation, I grew up in a world where I genuinely thought the moon would be inhabited and it would be possible for anyone to visit by now. This has proved to be a complete pipe dream, but one which I can’t completely give up on. When I found these videos online, it rekindled my optimism, and I felt the need to set them to music. In a world that seems to be increasingly saturated by stupidity and greed, I hope we continue to find room to appreciate imagination and ingenuity.

All video courtesy of NASA & ESA. Simulations based on planned missions for 2020s and beyond."

Saturday, May 30, 2020

NASA Space X Launch with Live Ambient Modular Music

Published on May 29, 2020 PositronMusic

"See and hear the launch of Dragon Space X - NASA with original audio mixed with live ambient modular music."

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Optiganally Yours - THE OUTER SPACE - Apollo 11 Mix for 07/20/19

Published on Jul 20, 2019 optigandotcom

Here's a quickie mini remix we made of "The Outer Space" for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on 07/20/2019. The images are from Pea's vast archive of found photos, in this case some shots taken of a video monitor that day. The original version of "The Outer Space" is on our album "Exclusively Talentmaker."

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Synth Rorschach #66: Lauri Glocke and the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

This one is in via long time MATRIXSYNTH reader loscha, spotted it in this article: "How the Apollo 11 Moon landing was achieved with the vital help of Carnarvon Tracking Station"

"PHOTO: Lauri Glocke went from working as a waitress to an equipment operator at the base. (Supplied: Lauri Glocke)"

And: "For Lauri Glocke, who was aged just 15 when the Carnarvon base opened, it provided an extraordinary opportunity."

Reminds me of the recently posted stacked EMS Rehberg Analyse-Filterbank B1-IIs, but with knobs instead of sliders.  The bottom section also reminds me of a white Crumar Bit 01 rack synth.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Synth Rorschach #61: Apollo Mission Control

This one is more synth meet than synth. Get behind your synth console for the event. Wouldn't that be cool? Someone should set that up with a bunch of PPG Waveterms.

via Engadget:

"NASA reopens Apollo mission control in time for Moon landing anniversary"

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

David Van Koevering Has Passed Away

Update: this post will be pinned on top for the day. You can find newer posts below.

Brian Kehew wrote in to let us know synth legend David Van Koevering passed away yesterday at the age of 77. Per Brian, "So many people in the industry knew him; such a long and varied life!" Indeed. The following is the obituary sent to him from Van Koevering's family.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Caitlin's explains her team's Astro Pi Code and jams with waveforms created from historic ISS data.

Published on Jan 28, 2018 The Mad Music Machine

"Team STEAMCademy's Astro Pi code is almost complete and here Caitlin demonstrates how it will (hopefully!) be used to collect data on board the International Space Station.

In a previous video she demonstrated how she can use the data to generate waveforms using the Synthesis Technology Waveedit program, and if successful in the Astro Pi competition she will use it to generate wavetables from this code.

Caitlin then has a quick jam with the Moog Mother-32, Roland System-1m and the e352 Cloud Terrarium using wavetables she has previously generated from historic ISS data."

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Caitlin creates wavetables for the E352 using data recorded on the ISS

Published on Jan 14, 2018 The Mad Music Machine

"The Code Club that Caitlin attends has entered the Astro Pi competition. As part of their research we have been looking at historic data collected on board the ISS. Here Caitlin explains how she extracted cyclic data from it and used it to create wavetables for the E352 Cloud Terrarium.

Once she had created the .wav file she imported into the Synthesis Technology Waveedit program to create the wavetables (see one of her previews videos for details on how to use this program).

She then explains how she modulates the wavetables with MATHS before having a quick jam with her newly created wavetables!"

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pluto Sequence

Published on Jul 30, 2015 Bruno Ender Lee

"Performed live, July 30. 2015; Studio-88, MiniMoog Voyager OS, Moog Little Phatty, Simmons SDS-8, Roland JP8000

composed, arranged & produced by Bruno Ender Lee
2015 Velvet Voyage Productions / all rights reserved"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pluto Flyby space ambient jam with Microbrute and Korg Volca Keys & Bass

Published on Jul 28, 2015 Helium Road

"Okay, I don't know if anyone's been wondering, but I've been away for a while busy with other stuff but I got my synth gear plugged back in finally. I've been keenly watching all the coverage of the New Horizons spacecraft and its flyby of Pluto the last few weeks, so it was on my mind when I say down to jam this out last night. Got to test out my new Polara reverb pedal, too.

I apologize if the sound and video aren't perfectly synced up; that's really the hardest thing about doing these things. If I re-do this piece I will try to make a real video.

In case you're wondering: Yes. This is what it looks like inside Helium Road's house all the time, colored lights, plasma sphere, and assorted mad scientist devices.

Equipment used:
Arturia Microbrute analog synth
Korg Volca Keys analog synth
Korg Volca Bass analog synth
EHX Clockworks timing unit
EHX Superego Synth Engine pedal
Arion Stereo Chorus pedal
TC Electronics Flashback stereo delay pedal
DigitechPolara stereo reverb pedal
Rolls 4-channel passive mixer
Korg Sound-on-Sound recorder"

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MacBeth - Launch, Journey, Encounter- Pluto And Beyond

Published on Jul 16, 2015 macbethsynthesizers

"Launch, Journey, Encounter- Pluto And Beyond

Here is are three tracks that I did using my two MacBeth Elements Analogue Synthesizer Prototype units. Recorded on the 15th of June 2015 - the first images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft came through on this day- an awesome journey across the depths of space! All played by hand and using the Elements Analogue Sequencer prototype and my Korg SQ-10 Analogue Sequencer. The track is in three movie, just the pic!"

DPO 4 Pluto

Published on Jul 15, 2015 SunFallsMusic

"1st encounter & session with the MakeNoise DPO (dual prismatic oscillator) installed. Just went with what started happening. This is my favourite excerpt from todays session, after being away from the studio for a week. Enjoy the lil jam :)

Patch notes would be difficult. As i was just grabbing and patching away. the modulation is deep. But the basics:
DPO main voice, Benjolin background noise (both being pitch sequenced differently)
Asteroid BDv4 kick, Jupiter Storm snare.
All being subtley process by Clouds, Echophon, Erbe-Verb.
With Circadian Rhythm driving and being driven by PM Bender, and the Ultra Random Analog playing lots of roles."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Comet 67P Ableton Live Instrument (#116)

Published on Jan 21, 2015 AfroDJMac USA

"Free Download @:

This is a special instrument made from a sample hundreds of millions of miles from Earth. European Space Agency has landed a spacecraft on the surface of the comet 67P, and recorded sounds as it move through space at 135,000 kilometers per hour. The sounds are about 40-50 millihertz and have been pitched up by a factor of 10,000, so that we can hear it. Have fun making space age music with this incredible sound from distant space!

Visit my site for more stuff like this, including Live Instrument downloads, tutorials and music!"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nice To Be In Orbit (feat. Analog Rytm, Analog Four and NASA)

Published on Oct 31, 2014 Erwin Dorleijn

"Getting behind the controls of Elektron's spaceships, the Analog Rytm and Analog Four for 'Nice To Be In Orbit', a tribute to NASA who released lots of audio footage a few weeks ago. I downloaded some of them and loaded them into the Analog Rytm."

Perfect timing. In case you missed it, via "The Soyuz TMA-15M carrying Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency safely docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m. EST on Sunday [today!]. The crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:01 p.m. EST."

Samantha Cristoforetti is the first female Italian astronaut and the third female astronaut in the ESA.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Song for Saturn Featuring Cassini Space Craft & Elektron Analog Four

"This snippet was made for an upcoming collaboration with Lister Rossel exploring frozen landscapes and environments. The rough mix was arranged using three layers produced with the Elektron Analog Four and audio recorded by the Cassini spacecraft. The Cassini recording was time-stretched by a factor of three and then processed in various ways to achieve a stereo image. None of the tracks from the Analog Four were processed in post (the delay and reverb are onboard the A4)."


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Singing Comet - Rosetta's 'Philae' Makes Historic First Landing on a Comet

"Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. The comet seems to be emitting a ‘song’ in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet’s environment. It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing, which typically picks up sound between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased in this recording. Thumbnail image credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0"

Top: earlier image of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko prior to today's landing.

Below: Philae's descent.

Monday, July 28, 2014

NASA Space Sounds

Uploaded on Feb 10, 2010 ritekid

"NASA Space Sounds - Information about the recordings and sample sounds of the planets, moons and rings of planets in our Solar System. [Note: both Song of Earth and Voice of Earth are man made compositions of the original Earth recordings.] For live 24hr sound from space, see:"

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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