Music of the Moon
What is the rhythm of asteroid impacts on the Moon? Can the Moon’s surface carry a tune? What does 50 years of lunar exploration sound like? In this talk, Matt from SYSTEM Sounds will share some of the ways they’ve been able to generate sound and music using lunar data and what it means for the people of Earth. This is also your chance to play the Sonic Orbiter, an interactive exhibit they created for their MOCA residency that lets you explore the Moon’s surface through sound.
Matt Russo is an astrophysicist and musician, currently teaching physics and developing planetarium shows at the University of Toronto. He completed his PhD and postdoctoral research in theoretical astrophysics and is also a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Guitar Performance program. In May of 2017 he co-founded SYSTEM Sounds, a sci-art outreach project that converts astronomical data into music and sound. Their work has been featured in the New York Times and they frequently collaborate with NASA to make astronomy accessible to the visually impaired. Matt’s TED Talk “What does the universe sound like? A Musical Tour” has been viewed over 1.5 million times.
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