The hurly-burly of life seems to push you into movement: move faster, move quicker, move without stopping. Go, go, go! People seem to pass by in a blur, as does the environment. Pause. Take a breath. Breathe in. Then listen.

Listen to the sound of the birds chirping in the trees. Listen to the sound of the leaves rustling in the trees. Listen to the sound of children at play. The sound of laughter as two friends meet. The sound of cheering others in a game. The sound of music as someone masters an instrument. The sounds coming from the kitchen as dinner is prepared. The sound of a loved one telling you of their day.

Listen and become aware of your surroundings. Listen and pull away from the constant blur of modern life.

Listen. You never know what you might hear.

What do you hear when you listen?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Sounds in Space

When I think of sound, I think of children’s laughter, birdsong, the hum of machinery, the sound of pounding feet on the pavement. Sound is all around us: it embraces us, it reminds us that we are alive. Even in the quiet of nature, we hear the rustle of trees and the sound of insects as they communicate with one another.

If I ever thought of sound in space, I imagined that it would be silent. Quiet. Lack of life, to me, meant lack of sound. I was surprised to learn that there is sound in open space. Listen to the sounds recorded by NASA:

Sounds a bit like the music you would hear as background sound for a science-fiction film, doesn’t it? A recording called Symphonies of the Planets from NASA Voyager has been recorded in 5 volumes. The recordings have been created using the instruments on the probes to translate into audible sounds the vibrations that come from different sources. These sources range from radio waves bouncing off the planets, interplanetary magnetic fields, and the planetary magnetosphere. The sounds created are haunting, eerie and unique. Below is a section of the symphony.

What are your thoughts on the sounds in space? Would you buy the recordings to listen to for pleasure?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012