Approaching Silence

going nowhere slow


Happy Anniversary, Twin Peaks!

The pilot episode aired 24 years ago today, on April 8th, 1990.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by night

"When the night comes, the starry sky reflects on its surface like in a mirror, and you have the feeling of being in space."

(Source: tsumetaiyozora, via donteversayrocknroll)

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

—Rumi (via lazyyogi)

(Source: lazyyogi, via kevinellerton)

Watching Decline of the Western Civilization.

Watching Decline of the Western Civilization.

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

—Henry David Thoreau (via lostinamerica)


A Voyager Duet

Voyager 1 and 2 are mankind’s most distant scientific instruments. And now, they are our most distant musical instruments.

Dominic Vicinanza, a musician with a Ph.D. in physics, has taken almost 37 years (320,000 hourly data points!!) worth of readings from each spacecraft’s cosmic ray detector and converted them to a classical duet using Europe’s Géant data network.

What you’re hearing are cosmic protons, hitting the detectors with different amounts of energy, a scientific duet on piano and strings played by two spacecraft separated by billions of kilometers of cold, quiet space. That raw data is then converted to notes on a scale and set to a tempo using hours as its notes. Sonification like this can help human brains pick out patterns in complex data that might be overlooked, literally, if we only used our eyes.

Previously: This isn’t the first musical creation Vicinanza has created from Voyager’s data. Check out a previous one here.

Double bonus: Want more space sonification? I did a video about that last year. Here’s some music that’s out of this world.

(via atlasobscura)

Stars of the Lid, back in the studio (2014).

Stars of the Lid, back in the studio (2014).