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Scientists create symphony of a Martian sunrise

By T.K. Randall
November 9, 2018 · Comment icon 5 comments



The piece musically represents the Sun rising on another world. Image Credit: NASA
The haunting musical creation was algorithmically produced to celebrate 5,000 Martian sunrises.
The piece, which is based on a photograph taken by NASA's Opportunity rover, was put together by analyzing the brightness and color information of each individual pixel.

A computer algorithm was then used to assign a pitch and melody to each one.

The slower, quieter harmonies of the piece represent the dark background of the image while the higher-pitched sounds represent the bright disc of the Sun.
Entitled Mars Soundscapes, the music will be officially revealed on November 13th.

You can hear it for yourself in the video below.

"We are absolutely thrilled about presenting this work about such a fascinating planet," said Dr Vicinanza, Director of the university's Sound and Game Engineering (SAGE) research group.

"Image sonification is a really flexible technique to explore science and it can be used in several domains, from studying certain characteristics of planet surfaces and atmospheres, to analysing weather changes or detecting volcanic eruptions."



Source: Cambridge Network | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 4 years ago
Very relaxing. Lonely sounding.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Sounds like ambient music. Which I listen to a lot. It needs a much longer mix, though. 2'10" is BS. I hope the highest quality sound files are available for electronic-oriented musicians to download.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
Music generated from sunrises on an alien world, that is truly incredible, And you aren't happy because it's not long enough! Some people have no sense of perspective.
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 4 years ago
Art imitates life and at the same time changes the way we perceive the world. The mathematics of music and a sense of mystery, a wonderful endeavor!
Comment icon #5 Posted by John Ossie 4 years ago
Nice piece of music, very relaxing for the most part, I like what they did


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