Category Archives: global

New website

The Supernova Foundation is a global, virtual mentoring programme aimed at women undergraduate and postgraduate physics students, mostly from developing countries, to try to improve gender equality in physics. We target women in physics departments with few or no woman role models and use mentoring by senior female researchers at other institutes to empower them […]

Sonic orbiter

SYSTEM Sounds were selected as artists in residence for a new collaboration between the Ontario Science Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In July they premiered the Sonic Orbiter, an arcade-style game that lets people create music with the craters of the Moon. A simple joystick controls the path of an orbiter over the […]

Giant Leaps – Apollo Program Data Sonification (NASA)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, SYSTEM Sounds worked with NASA to convey the history of the Apollo mission’s influence through sound. In this piece, the note pitches indicate the amount of scientific activity associated with Apollo and with NASA’s subsequent missions to explore the moon. Higher pitches indicate greater numbers […]

First 4000 Exoplanets – Animation and Sonification (360° Video)

Latest visualisation from the SYSTEM Sounds project. On June 13, 2019, the number of known exoplanets passed 4000 according to the NASA Exoplanet Archive! To celebrate, we have animated their discoveries in time and converted them into music. A circle appears at the position of each exoplanet as it is discovered with a colour that […]

Hubble Treasure Trove Sonification

SYSTEM Sounds project worked with NASA to sonfiy an image of a cluster of galaxies taken by the Hubble telescope. https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13061 Space becomes “sonified” in this visualization of a cluster of galaxies imaged by Hubble. Time flows left to right, and the frequency of sound changes from bottom to top, ranging from 30 to 1,000 […]