Sounds of Silence


by Majik

It was long ago but not that far away when a friend and myself were sitting in an isolated place with a beer and the gum trees when I heard a low vibrational hum. It seemed to be coming from everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Thinking I was having an individualised weird experience I asked my friend if he was hearing the same thing. He too was hearing the hum and thinking the same as me. I had previously read that the planet earth had its own signature noise, the music of the spheres, and decided to investigate the matter further.

Plato surmised objects in motion vibrate and produce sound, and planets are very large bodies in motion, therefore they must also produce a sound. Given that their relative distances were concordant with musical intervals, Pythagoras surmised that the resulting sound must be a harmony—a “music of the spheres.” However, in this theory, the resulting sound should be so remarkably loud that humans should hear it on earth, and yet they do not seem to. Why was this sound inaudible? Pythagoras and his followers surmised that, because it was continually sounding, humans had no point of comparison—no real sense of silence or difference—and therefore could not distinguish it from our known idea of silence. thought that motion, therefore they must also produce a sound. Given that their relative distances were concordant with musical intervals, Pythagoras surmised that the resulting sound must be a harmony—a “music of the spheres. In fact, Plato stated that music could be used to heal and had many documented successes. He stated that music could be used by the state to promote a more peaceful society, maybe a topic for another journey into sound.

Today we know that the planetary bodies do produce sounds but that they are inaudible to the human ear, and not technically produced as sound waves but as radiation which if our ears were sensitive to we would be able to hear. These signals then can be slowed down so they are audible and sound eerie and weird and on earth are known as the songs of earth and are said to originate from the earth’s magnetic field

In the 1990s, NASA explored the idea that emissions from other planets could be captured and processed so we could hear them. The resulting “music” is a collection of eerie, spooky sounds. Voyager 2 picked up the radiation signatures of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus between 1979 and 1989. The charged particle fluxes and radio waves were modified to make them audible. Each planet does have its own unique “song”. That’s because each one has different frequencies that are emitted (due to different amounts of charged particles flying around and because of the various magnetic field strengths in our solar system).

Kepler’s theory of heavenly motions that are nothing but a continuous song for several voices (perceived by the intellect, not by the ear); a music which… progresses towards certain pre-designed, quasi six-voiced clausuras, and thereby sets landmarks in the immeasurable flow of time is then seen as a possibility.

Within particle physics, since the 1970s, string theory has been an actively researched model for understanding the universe. Rather than visualizing the smallest particles of matter as miniscule points, string theory posits that quarks and electrons may be visualized as sub-microscopic “strings” that vibrate, much like on a musical instrument. The tone at which a string vibrates determines its physical form. At present, they remain invisible and are thought to exist in other manifold as-yet-invisible dimensions.

From more classical reading we find in the beginning was the word (strings?) from which everything was created and of course we have human approximations to these sounds in the Eastern Om and the more Western YHVH, the impersonal aspect of God. Some claim these sounds have been heard from the solar Sun and or Jupiter. If you want to visit the Nasa web site or simply go to you tube you will be able to make up your own mind.

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