Coolest audio of the day: The echo of a black hole

There’s nothing more powerful in the universe than a black hole, the mysterious remnants of an ultra-giant star that has collapsed under its own weight into something tiny, dense, and with so much gravity that even light can’t escape.

This week (May 2-6) is Black Hole Week at NASA. To illustrate the power and mystery of these things, an MIT astrophysicist worked with a group of musicians to convert the output of a black hole into sound waves. What they got was the screaming echo of a black hole. Anyone want to sample this for their next single? (Matt Bellamy: I’m looking at you.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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