The Radio Station That Offers Nothing But Space Jams (And It’s GORGEOUS)

If you’re looking for a truly different sort of radio station, why not take some time this weekend to tune into CRaTER?

CRaTER (Cosmic RaTelescope for the Effects of Radiation) is run by NASA.  It’s a continuous broadcast from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that generates music based on the number of cosmic rays that strike the craft.  And I’m serious when I say music; the orbiter is equipped with eight instrument sounds:  piano, strings, steel drums, classical guitar, banjo, a string section, pizzicato strings, marimba and kora.  This really is the music of the universe.

I’ve been listening to CRaTER as a write this and I gotta say that it’s very pretty.  If you’d like to stream the universe’s music in real time (and if you’d like the full scientific explanation of what’s going on and why NASA has chosen to interpret data as music), go here.

(Via Holy Kaw)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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