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NASA releases actual sound recordings from space – and they’re spine chilling

“There’s no sound in space,” you cry. “Space is a vacuum, you dolt!” Yes. It’s true. But what if, say someone like NASA, put up some special instruments to listen to electromagnetic vibrations on the Voyager space probe, and translated it into actual sound? Well, it could be the best music you’ll hear all day.

These recording include the sounds of Saturn’s rings, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and even what Earth sounds like from millions of kilometres away.

The sounds are interpretations of non-sound vibrations, and you’ll hear that they’re complex and strange and fascinating all at once. And some of them are downright spine-tingling; the rings of Uranus are weirdly ambient, Earth itself is almost romantic, while Uranus sounds like strong wind passing through a crack. We’re not even joking!

Earlier in the year, acts like Beach House, Porcelain Raft, Spiritualized, The Antlers, and others put together a 14-track album using actual recordings from the Voyager space probes to create music, soundscapes and tracks.

This is one of our favourites, from Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, “Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)” – a bare-bones acoustic track that combines reverb, synth, chimes, and other intergalactic sound effects to pleasing effect.

NASA have also released a stack of tracks from historic and current missions on a dedicated SoundCloud page, featuring sounds “from historic spaceflights and current missions”.

The library includes sounds from the Space Shuttle missions, rockets launching, recordings from other planets, and iconic quotes from the likes of President John F Kennedy, Neil Armstrong and James Lovell.

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    Jim Beam

    Thursday 23 October 2014

    and this is Little Fluffy Clouds



    Thursday 23 October 2014



    Simon Hattingh

    Thursday 23 October 2014

    But wouldn’t the output sound depend on how the electromagnetic vibrations are converted. The sound that comes out is all up to how they want it to sound really. Without anything to compare to there is no way for sure to determine what the true conversion should be right? Sorry, I’m not trolling, my mind battles to just accept things without approaching it from all possible angles.



    Friday 24 October 2014

    Have you tried to put all these sounds together? What would it sound like combined? I bet it sounds like a full band of beautiful harmony!



    Friday 10 April 2015

    Sounds like some Pink Floyd



    Saturday 11 April 2015

    I saw a reflection of God’s face on the voice of earth.