STEAM Education Link XII

"Overhanging Cliff Flow, Junction Butte Basalt, Yellowstone National Park" by James St. John is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The ultimate rock music has been created! Whether or not you’re a fan, it’s worth reading on…

In a true marriage of art and science, the tremors of solid Earth in Yellowstone National Park, USA, have been transposed by Dr Domenico Vicinanza into musical notes that have been performed as mesmerising music by Dr Alyssa Schwartz. The result is not Rock’n’Roll, Punk Rock or Prog Rock, but could be described as Igneous Rock, as the tremors are created in a massive volcano.

Yellowstone experiences thousands of miniature earthquakes every year, often in clusters or swarms that are recorded by several dozen seismographs scattered around Yellowstone. The location and live data of seismographs can be seen on an interactive map and some of the musical representation of seismograms from one particular station has been shared by The Guardian in a recent article – well worth a listen!!!

Dr Schwartz and Dr Schwartz have also collaborated in this process of sonification of data to transform other stories about Earth and the Universe into sound – check it out on her Instagram.  

Featured Image: “Overhanging Cliff Flow, Junction Butte Basalt, Yellowstone National Park” by James St. John is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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