Robert Lamb also co-hosts the "Stuff to Blow Your Mind" podcast and blog.
Geodesium gets cosmic. (Loch Ness Productions)
As we've discussed in previous posts, the universe is constantly emitting a chorus of strange sounds. Most of the time, however, we can't hear them. So we're compelled to create our own amazing music about it. Sometimes this means busting out some 1980s new age synth in a planetarium.
First up in this week's Space Music, 365 Days of Astronomy podcaster Carolyn Collins Petersen conducted this interview with Mark C. Petersen AKA Geodesium. Since 1975, Geodesium has recorded and produced soundtracks for more than 50 star-gazing shows in more than 800 planetariums around the world. Here's a quick cut from the interview:
"When I create space music for planetarium shows, I get to take audiences out from under the dome and to anywhere in the universe they want to explore ... There's immense beauty and grandeur in the cosmos, and my music often speaks to that aspect. I want my music to touch the listener deeply, to transport someone from Earth to out in the universe - to inspire them to look up at the stars and dream."