sound

Can You Create A Perfectly Silent Space?

Imagine a place with no noise whatsoever: no sound, no light, no radio — hell, no Wi-Fi. How on Earth would you go about creating it?


This GIF Shows What Sound Actually Looks Like

If you picture what sound looks like in your head, you’ll probably think of some picture graph of a sound wave. But no one can actually see those up and down scribbles with their eyeballs. So what does sound actually look like in real life?


A Simple Photographic Trick Lets You See Invisible Things

The world is full of things you can’t see: the heat coming off your hand, the spray of a sneeze, even the sound of two hands clapping. But a simple camera trick called Schlieren flow visualisation turns those invisible waves of light into beautiful plumes of movement. With this trick you can literally see invisible things.


Video: Watch Magnetic Tape Fall Like Water

Japanese artist Ei Wada, who was born in 1987, belongs to a generation that spent middle school feverishly poring over cassettes to make mix tapes — until, of course, they were quickly outmoded by CDs, and then MP3s. Now, Ei makes art using the outmoded technologies he grew up with.


Listening To The Secret Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider

From the Golden Gate Bridge to an ancient Japanese bell, the physical structures around us are humming with secret sound. Artist Bill Fontana has made a career of capturing these haunting and complex soundscapes. As an artist at residence at CERN, he’s mostly recently been listening in on the world’s largest particle collider.


The Internet Of Sound

Ever wondered what it would sound like if computers could talk to each other? Yes, we have an internet that links all the machines in a vast and glorious global network. But what if they really talked? What if computers could communicate using sounds that humans can’t hear?


Listen To The Sound Of Atoms Bonding

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a large tuning fork, a nail, some Blu-Tack and a guitar amp sounded more like the contents of a DIY music studio than a science lab. But they are, in fact, all the ingredients required to listen to the sound of atoms bonding.


Listen To The Purring, Electromagnetic Weirdness Of Mushrooms

I was blown away when I first heard about a project that tried to tap into the electromagnetic communication potential of mushrooms. Using wires, radio waves and circuits — not psychedelics — the project’s off-kilter quest to find (and listen to) “electromagnetic fungi” was nonetheless more art than science. But who says mushrooms have the right to remain silent?


Berlin's BoomRoom Plays Sounds Only You Can Hear (And Touch)

You know how some big rooms have special spots where you can stand and hear someone whisper from a hundred feet away. What if speakers could do that, selectively slinging sounds to specific listeners for specific purposes? You’d never have to wear headphones again!


This Insanely Loud Sound System Simulates The Roar Of A Rocket Launch

Being shot into space puts spacecraft under extreme stress — but did you know that the sound of the rocket launch can damage a craft? Inside the Large European Acoustic Facility, engineers recreate the incredible noise of a launch to make sure satellites can survive it. According to the ESA, “no human could survive” the sound.