Strange Sounds From Saturn

February 22, 2008 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

One of the greatest science fiction movie of all time is without doubt the 1956 classic Forbidden Planet. One of the reasons it was so successful was the oddly futuristic electronic music of Louse and Bebe Barron, true pioneers in electronic music. What’s really odd is that NASA’s latest recording of radio signals from the Cassini probe around Saturn sounds remarkably like that music. Check it out:

Radio sounds from Saturn

Addendum: I’m apparently not the only one who noticed the striking similarity.

Thanks to Mark, WA8SME for calling my attention to this.

Addendum: Here’s the spectrum of the sounds over time (going left to right in time, up in frequency).

Spectrum of the Saturn Emissions

Kind of trippy.