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Make music with the Large Hadron Collider through a web app

Quantizer turns particle collisions into sweet sounds.

Make music with the Large Hadron Collider through a web app
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Make music with the Large Hadron Collider through a web app

Now that music has come to the Large Hadron Collider, it’s time for the giant science ring to make some music of its own. Meet Quantizer, a project from students Juliana Cherston and Ewan Hill that turns the ATLAS experiment’s many, many particle collisions into music. The web app grabs data (in real-time when possible), cleans it up and maps it to musical notes. After that, it’s just a question of the style you want to hear. There are cosmic sounds if you prefer an ambient vibe, or house music if you’d like something a little more dance-worthy.

One peek at Quantizer and you’ll know that it’s fairly limited right now. You can’t hand-pick the data you want to turn into music, and you’ll have to contact the creators if you want to be more adventurous. Even so, this is a clever way to translate raw scientific data into something more approachable.


More About ATLAS Experiment

quantizer-infographic-finalThe ATLAS experiment is pushing the frontiers of knowledge by investigating some of the deepest questions of nature: what are the basic forces that shape universe, are there extra dimensions, and what is the origin of mass? The ATLAS Detector is one of two general-purpose detectors built along the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The Large Hadron Collider, a 27 km long machine, smashes together particles at amazingly high-energies and the ATLAS detector precisely measures the properties of the particles produced in these collisions. Like a complicated game of connect-the-dots, special software automatically reconstructs the trajectories of the particles (“tracks”). Different detector components serve different tasks, including the identification of particles and reconstruction of their momenta or energy. From the inside out, they include tracking detectors, calorimeters, and a muon spectrometer. Powerful magnets curve the trajectories of charged particles, to make it possible to measure their momenta.

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