Sunday, February 4, 2018

Drone of the solar system

The reason why drone is my favorite music genre and why it has always been even when I didn't realize it as a child when natural or machine drones made me woozy and sleepy could perhaps lie in this video showing that drone is everywhere and perhaps the most natural of things, as it exists even in the void of outer space. Sound can travel in space vacuum as electromagnetic waves emanating from celestial bodies and the solar wind and moving as molecules. The frequencies of most of these sounds are much higher than the human ear can catch, but NASA has managed to catch them on its space probes and process them appropriately for our pleasure, having first done that via the almighty Voyager. One video among many to showcase sounds like these is the following, including sounds captured from the trajectories of Jupiter (Lustmord would be proud), Uranus's moon Miranda (totally spectral), Neptune (waves crashing on a ship), rings of Uranus (oscillating singing-bowl-like and haunting), Saturn (the souls of the undead), rings of Saturn (a ghost's nursery rhyme), Earth (did Robert Rich play this?), Jupiter's moon Io (a research station in the Antarctic), and Uranus (scary things flying overhead, equally scary to the planet's surface). Many of these sounds are similar to my own sound experiments with ambient and drone, which goes to show how much this music is influenced by nature and by this vastness. I've always been both fascinated and scared shitless by the solar system and the sight of the planets and this makes me even more so.

And some more Uranus rings singing bowl hypnosis.

1 comment:

  1. I think your explanation here goes to much of what appeals to me about drone/noise, etc. At its best, it feels downright elemental. Cheers.