Chill Out With This Song Created With Gravitational Waves

Shaunacy Ferro

"Black Hole 5.0" is a song with an otherworldly sound. The composition of piano, strings, and gravitational waves was created by using brand-new models of what happens to the fabric of space when massive bodies like neutron stars collide, VICE reports. Experimental English composer Arthur Jeffes worked with astrophysicist Samaya Nissanke—who was part of the team that detected the first gravitational waves—to turn the astral world into a sonic experience.

Not up on your physics? Astrophysicist and executive director of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) David Reitze has a good explanation of what gravitational waves are in this video:

"Black Hole 5.0" turns the waveforms of neutron star collisions into piano music. It incorporates the gravitational, optical, and radio waves created by such an event. According to the first-ever observations of gravitational waves from LIGO, the tiny distortions of space sound like chirps.

The composition is part of a larger project on general relativity. The next installment, with the help of creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, will turn exoplanet science into an audiovisual experience.

[h/t Vice]

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