Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sounds of the Universe

Just over a decade ago, scientists discovered that the earth has a distinct, low frequency 'background hum' constantly ringing at about 10Hz.  Although many theories were put forward, until recently, no one knew for sure what the source of this sound was.

But now Wired magazine reports that the mystery has been solved.  The source of the sound is apparently caused by ocean waves of equal size traveling from different directions and colliding, thus causing a unique type of pressure wave to hit the sea floor.  As it turns out, the majority of this 'humming' originates off the Pacific coast.  The real question is, who is going to sample it, transpose it up into the range of human hearing, and turn it into a kick-ass dubstep bassline?

8 comments:

Chris Flynn said...

That idea of the background hum reminds me of a Kurt Vonnegut story "The Euphio Question", where some scietists accidentally amplify the 'sound' of space and then everything goes a bit mad.

mangadrive said...

I was thinking "The Signal"

Anonymous said...

http://www.inner-net.com/bmr/bmrpg2aa.html

All the planets and the Sun produce radio wave frequencies as well. These waves can be converted to sound.

Anonymous said...

The ocean IS a kick-ass dubstep bassline...

de_engineered said...

I'm coming a little late to the game, but I think this is worth mentioning. The other day I was reading about "The Bloop" (see here), an unexplained underwater sound. Dntel (who later worked with Ben Gibbard on the higher profile Postal Service) used said sound is the track "Life is Full of Possibilities" - neat stuff.

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