Music of the (data) spheres

Akito van Troyer/MIT Media Lab

The concept of turning data into music has been around for centuries. Ancient philosophers believed that proportions and patterns in the movements of the sun, moon, and planets created a celestial “Musica Universalis.” But that “music of the spheres,” as it’s known, was metaphorical. Now MIT researchers have invented a new platform, called Quantizer, which live-streams music driven by real-time data from research that explores the very beginnings of our universe.

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