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Listen to the music created by the LHC in real time

Listen to the music created by the LHC in real time

The LHC collisions made to music are finally reality and not a mere Aprils Fools Day joke, and does not harm the ears.

On April 1, it is customary in the Anglo-Saxon world, and by extension on the Internet, to launch false and bizarre news to see if someone bites. It is the day of the innocent guiris. CERN, like many other companies, got down to business and announced that they had turned the Higgs boson into sound and they had found something unique.

Up to here the credible part, the incredible thing is that the music that the Higgs boson generated were nothing but compositions by Beethoven himself. Obviously this was a joke and could not be taken as something else. But the reality is that not all the news was a joke, LHC collisions can be converted to music. and now, in addition, you can listen to them live.

Converting LHC collisions into music

LHC collisions are collisions of particles so small that cannot be seen even with a microscope. That is why experiments of more than 40 meters in height and more than 14,000 tons of weight are needed. With this type of apparatus, one manages to brake the particles until they stop, and then reconstruct their properties using computers. This is where one introduces the software to make music.

What electronics detects and can see inside a particle detector are nothing but electrical charges that generates the loss of energy of these particles. They are just electronic signals that a series of logic gates filter and computers are in charge of turning into such beautiful graphics that we then see. Now a group of researchers have decided to give it one more twist and that we can hear those collisions.

The most scientific music you can ever hear

The trick to converting these LHC collisions into sound is to assign to each type of detector, to each position within the detector and to the amount of energy that a musical note detects with special characteristics (instrument that produces it, frequency of vibration, duration) And then the result is much more like real music, of which we humans make alone, of what one might expect.

But the best test of how normal physics may sound is that you heard it yourself on the website they have dedicated to it. Also on the website you can read the details on how the LHC collisions become music, select from the style of music that we would like and even send our own collision filter / converter from the LHC to music based on their algorithms.

Listen to the LHC collisions live: http://quantizer.media.mit.edu/

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