Listen to the sounds of the ionosphere

Carrie Bodle has turned MIT Building 54 into a giant speaker, resonating with sounds from the upper level of the Earth’s atmosphere.


Every day, through Sept. 16 Sonification / Listening Up, a sound installation using 35 speakers on the south facade of the building, broadcasts a sound collage generated from research data collected in the ionosphere.

Conceived in collaboration with Philip Erickson of MIT Haystack Observatory, the work makes tangible the dynamic composition of ions and electrons in the upper atmosphere which are affected by interaction between the Earth and the sun. The result, says Bodle, is a “sonification of the interplay of sun winds with the Earth’s atmosphere,” a continuous interaction that takes place some 60 miles above ground level.

A closing event titled, “Sound Off” will be held on Friday, Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m.

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