Need some scary sounds? This is a recording of the Earth’s magnetic field

I love when scientists find ways to present weird audio. In this example, boffins and musicians figured out a way to capture the sound of the Earth’s magnetic field, which is created by the swirling molten iron near the planet’s core. Gathering data from the European Space Agency’s Swarm satellites, they managed to bring art and science together.

This clip captures the sound of the magnetic field as well as a solar storm that hit us in November 2011. You can hear the moment the storm starts (the rattlesnake sound). Later, we hear something that sounds almost like eerie voices. It’s a nice Halloween soundtrack.

More at New Atlas.

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.

2 thoughts on “Need some scary sounds? This is a recording of the Earth’s magnetic field

  • October 25, 2022 at 10:40 am
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    Sounds like old Jacob Marley coming to pay Scrooge a visit.

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  • October 25, 2022 at 1:33 pm
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    Didn’t think much of the melody.

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