The sounds of Saturn
Spooky sounds from Saturn today, courtesy of NASA.
Saturn is a source of intense radio emissions, which were monitored by its Cassini spacecraft.
The radio waves are closely related to the auroras near the poles of the planet – these auroras are similar to Earth’s northern and southern lights. This is a recording of radio emissions from Saturn.
Stephanie Merchak has reimagined the sounds of Saturn into her piece “Flowing Waves”:
“As soon as I heard this recording of plasma waves from Saturn, I wanted to work with it, because I knew I could transform it into what sounds like an eerie science-fiction movie soundtrack, which is what space always inspires me.
“Using time stretching and an iOS app called GliderVerb, I processed this recording in a few different ways, creating the basic material for my re-imagined sound. This sound material was then brought into Ableton Live and further processed using pitch shift, delay, reverb and eq then mixed and mastered. Every sound you hear is derived from the original recording.”