The physicists at CERN call it Sonification; beauty by any other name remains the same.
In honor of 60 years of science for peace, the scientists at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) have put together a musical number made entirely of science. CERN calls the process Sonification; it took all the data gathered from the Large Hadron Collider, from 2011 to 2013, and translated it into musical notation. Then its physicists, engineers and other marvel-makers got together to play that music. The performance to take place in the four detector chambers in which the data was first gathered. The result? Open your ears and listen to the beauty of science.
“I hoped it would be a metaphor for scientific collaboration; to demonstrate the vast and incredible effort these projects represent, often between hundreds of people across many different continents,” says Domenico Vicinanza, who handled the translation from data to music. CERN itself is made up of the combined effort of 21 member states. In addition, over 600 universities and institutions use its facilities and contribute to its funding.
“Networks are the invisible glue that keeps data and collaboration working together, enabling scientists to exchange measurements, tools and experiences wherever they are,” Vicinanza continued. “And just as the magic happens when the instruments are playing together: the music played by each single players is the foundation for the others.”
Happy birthday, CERN!