Sunday, 4 July 2010
Waves in space
The Oscar winning song 'The Windmills Of Your Mind' would have us believe that 'the world is like an apple spinning silently in space', but this isn’t strictly correct, in fact it’s appallingly inaccurate, a load of rubbish.
The Earth is nothing like an apple and, what's more, it isn't silent, it's actually pretty noisy.
Space is more or less a vacuum, of course, which precludes the naked ear from hearing anything out there simply because there is no medium to carry the sound but, with some extremely expensive recording equipment and a spacecraft to keep it in, it is possible to capture the electromagnetic vibrations that emanate from the planets: the real music of the spheres.
‘The Voice Of Earth’ is a recording of our planet from space: it’s what we sound like to the rest of the Universe. Many claim this half hour recording has the power to soothe the mind, to synchronise brain waves and aid deep relaxation and all that ying and yang new age healing crystal hot rock massage stuff. I can’t vouch for that, but I can confirm it’s fascinating and a unique listen.
It is also gratifying and perfectly apt to note that the overall sound of the Earth is essentially Radiophonic in style and, naturally, we like that very much.