Sam­ple the sounds of the uni­verse

Hous­ton we have a remix – Nasa has re­leased decades of sonic ad­ven­tures on its Sound­cloud page

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Jim Car­roll

Ladies and gen­tle­men, we are float­ing in space – and it sounds ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous. Thanks to the good-hearted space cadets at the US Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Nasa), there is now a Sound­cloud page loaded with fan­tas­tic sounds from the fur­thest reaches of outer space which have been gath­ered from var­i­ous mis­sions over the years.

When we think of Nasa sound sam­ples, we usu­ally think of words first. There’s Neil Arm­strong’s “one small step” soundbite when he landed on the moon or the “Hous­ton we’ve had a prob­lem” line from Apollo 13 in 1970.

But there’s a world be­yond that vo­cab­u­lary and that’s what makes this Sound­cloud such a trea­sure trove of es­o­teric noises. There are rock­ets tak­ing off with much pomp, cer­e­mony and throt­tle. There’s the sound of light­ning on Jupiter, be­lieve it or not. And there are satel­lites mak­ing the kind of glitchy noise elec­tronic mu­sic pro­duc­ers spend years try­ing to em­u­late in their stu­dios.

In­deed, given the rich, fer­tile na­ture of th­ese sounds for sam­ple-dig­gers and mu­sic-mak­ers, you can bet that many will end up on forth­com­ing tracks. Those who do de­cide to sam­ple some space­dust and are not af­ter com­mer­cials can rest as­sured that Nasa won’t be send­ing the lawyers af­ter them as the sounds are not copy­righted. Go ahead and take a walk on the moon.

See sound­ for more.

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