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LATEST DIALOGUES The Music of Colliding Black Holes

Music, video and words by Ha Chi Ming
“Just as from a single lump of clay, dear boy, one would know about everything made from clay, the difference being a mere verbal distinction, a name, the reality is only clay.” 

~ Chandogya Upanishad 6.1.4

Gravitational waves, the booming echoes of massive objects colliding in distant regions of the universe, have been recently detected for the first time by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.  Gravitational waves are predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which says that massive objects warp space-time around them. When these objects accelerate, they make gravitational waves: ripples in the fabric of space-time that spread outward.

Art has the power to unify perceived duality. By means of an artist’s context and composition everything experienced can be regarded as art, and in that sense, seamlessly interconnected.

The sounds in this composition derive entirely from the audio representation of the recently detected Gravitational Waves. Other than being composed into a musical arrangement, only very basic audio effects and processes have been applied to the raw data – delay, reverb and pitch.

The original sounds were produced by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in February 2016. They provide the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

The sounds are what two black holes colliding sound like. The ‘chirps’ are gravitational waves converted to audible sounds. The faint ‘thump’ matches the gravitational waves’ frequencies. The louder ‘chirp’ is a higher frequency better suited to human ears.

Even noises from the farthest reaches of the universe can be sculpted into something familiar and creative here on earth. Magically, this soundtrack is born from a tremendous energetic dance a billion light-years away. This piece aims, therefore, to show how a black hole merger can produce new manifestations of energy and how it can meet and merge with the human paradigm.

The raw sounds and more information can be found here


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5 Responses to “The Music of Colliding Black Holes”

  1. February 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm, Ken Brewer said:


  2. February 19, 2016 at 11:10 pm, Hagai Folkman said:

    Puzzle: Could Gravitational waves effect earth’s crust and trigger earthquake and volcano eruption?

  3. February 21, 2016 at 3:41 am, Alberto Martin said:

    Like Stravinsky’s ‘The Rise of Spring’ for the 21st. Century. Chaos within order, or vice-versa. Causing goose-pimples. Or fetal regression.

  4. February 22, 2016 at 8:55 am, Bill Cole said:

    The collision happened before there were any multicellular organisms on Earth. Discovering gravitational waves is about locality, which is based on time. Quantum mechanics is nonlocal— entangled—-spooky action at a distance— implies no time, only the present.
    From Reuters 2/12/16: As good as Einstein’s theory of general relativity is, it suffers from the fatal flaw of not being compatible with quantum mechanics, Most physicists feel that quantum mechanics will ultimately prove to be more fundamental than relativity, which is to say that the two theories will be reconciled by finding some quantum theory that reproduces general relativity in the right circumstances. Someday, the very notions of space, time, and locality may turn out to be emergent, To get there, we need to learn everything we can about how spacetime works in the real world, Discovering gravitational waves is a major milestone along that path.

  5. August 29, 2016 at 3:54 am, Peta Morton said:

    There are some very interesting similarities with the sounds that are consistently heard during online Reiki (energy healing) sessions via Skype: & are just two examples, there are plenty more examples on SoundCloud. I’ve recorded many hours of online sessions – don’t hesitate to contact me if this sparks interest for those with an interest in this field.

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