You have probably heard the fact before that there is no sound in space, because it is a virtual vacuum. Yes, but technically, no. There may not be the sounds that we could hear, but the sound of the sun exists as electromagnetic vibrations in its coronal loops.
This is the reason why NASA could record these vibrations by specially designed instruments and transfer them into sounds by speeding up its frequency. Now, a research design project called ‘thedotisblack’ presented some audiovisual artworks based on recordings taken from NASA, allowing us to see what the sound of sun ‘looks like’.
David Mrugala, a German architect, designer and educator currently living in Korea, established this long term project in 2014, which explores generative drawings using the programming language Processing. As the project states, it combines “natural science studies, sound analysis, digital visualization and coding”.
It has released a series of audiovisual artwork relevant to planets, stars and space, mainly using data from NASA, ESA and other space research institutes. He carefully analyses the audio files before processing them with coding. Each complicated geometric picture comes with a video to highlight the visual expression and aesthetic reflection.
So far, the project has gained around 200,000 likes and re-blogs online. On its page at Ello alone, the number of viewing has amounted to over 2 million times.