New Music from an Orchestra of Radioactive Isotopes

For the weekend –

A tweet led me to a fantastically inventive kind of music. The Radioactive Orchestra comprises 3175 radioisotopes. From the website: “Melodies are created by simulating what happens in the atomic nucleus when it decays from its excited nuclear state…Every isotope has a unique set of possible excited states and decay patterns…”

image from the Radioactive Orchestra project

The project, sponsored by a Swedish nuclear safety organization, KSU, encourages visitors to select among the graphed isotopes, listen and learn. You can try composing music on your own, or you can check out a production by DJ Alex Boman on YouTube:

Super-cool.

h/t: Maria Popova, @brainpicker, who picked up on this last August at Brainpickings. And to @JohnNosta, who sent yesterday’s tweet.

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2 thoughts on “New Music from an Orchestra of Radioactive Isotopes

  1. This was so interesting, thanks for bringing to our attention something so creative and unique. I’m not sure what it is, but I will forward the link to my sons, one a music major and another a chemistry and physics student. They can explain it to me. I just enjoyed it. Have a great weekend.

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