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Music is Music: Music in Space

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Composer Arthur Jeffes Image via Arthur Jeffes
13min 14sec : Music is Music - Arthur Jeffes - S.2 E.1

We know what our planet looks like from above. It's a beautiful little blue-green marble that's instantly familiar in a way that says right away, we're home. But what might our planet sound like from afar? That's the question that drives the heart of the song Earth 812 and - besides being a beautiful piece of music - it's also a pretty impressive piece of science.

London-based composer Arthur Jeffes joins Ria Misra, host of the second season of our Music is Music podcast, to kick things off with a two-part episode on music in space. Jeffes - who you may also know from his band, Penguin Cafe - has been working with exoplanet hunters, space scientists, and physicists on a new space music project, pulling in everything from physicists' recordings of gravitational waves to a new algorithm that turns newly-discovered exoplanets into unique 8-note melodies.

From thousands of exoplanet melodies, Jeffes took just eight to turn into full compositions that form the basis of a forthcoming exoplanet concept album - along one additional melody that, much like that little blue-green marble, may give you a strange feeling of home.

Hear that episode, and more, by subscribing to the Music is Music podcast right here.

To find out more about Arthur Jeffes, and his space music project, head over to his website or the website for his space music project.

Music is Music is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.