Published: 1 June 2015 at 16:08
Anglia Ruskin scientist uses Large Hadron Collider data to compose music for film
Ever wondered what it sounds like inside the Large Hadron Collider? Well, Dr Domenico Vicinanza of Anglia Ruskin University has attempted to find out by producing a piece of music based on data obtained during the search for the Higgs boson.
The music, commissioned by ATLAS Experiment at CERN in Switzerland to accompany a new film, uses a process called data sonification, which involves transforming scientific information into sound.
The film shows the last two years of preparations as ATLAS – one of the experiments being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider facility near Geneva – attempt to record data from proton collisions at unprecedented energy levels.
Dr Vicinanza, Director of the Electronics and Sound Engineering Research Group at Anglia Ruskin University, said:
As his starting point, Dr Vicinanza used these three graphs showing data from the paper “Observation of a New Particle in the Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC”, published in the journal Physics Letters B.
He mapped the vertical position of the points to a D minor and then F Major scale, and then cut the melodies into fragments of 4 to 8 notes that he used to build the piece.
Dr Vicinanza added: