Music in the Stars – A brief overview — Anne Katherine

As our independent seminar gets underway I would first like to briefly introduce my project, coined Music in the Stars. My goal with the project is to combine the fields of astrophysics and music theory in a way that has never before been examined. I find the possibility of a link between these two subjects extraordinarily intriguing and last spring I began contemplating how to go about searching for such a connection. Originally, the idea for my project took the form of integrating a musical staff into a self-created star chart and examining the result of using the stars and other celestial bodies as music notes. However, after careful consideration and research, I came to the conclusion that I would like to take a more academic approach in order to lean away from the music theory aspect of the project and more heavily toward that of astrophysics. Having come across research involving the Lyman Alpha Forest I have begun to draft the outline for a new take on this unique combination of subjects. I believe that I am capable of transferring lyman alpha forest data into musical composition by shrinking the wavelengths observed by an undecided factor and processing this modified data as sound waves with respect to wavelength and amplitude. I am highly aware that the results may very well sound like chicken scratch, however I believe it will be a valuable learning experience all the same, and just imagine how fascinating it would be if beautiful music were to be hidden in the Lyman Alpha Forest!

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