Saturn And Forbidden Planet Movie Share Soundtrack

High resolution observations of Saturn's radio emissions have just been made public by NASA; these observations were made with the radio and plasma wave instrument aboard the Cassini spacecraft.

(Saturn radio emissions - Graph plots frequency and
intensity over spacecraft event time [SCET])

The short sound sample released on NASA's website was compressed, so the twenty-seven minute recording plays back in just seventy-three seconds. The frequencies of these emissions are outside the human audio frequency range and have been shifted downward by a factor of 44.

Take a moment to go to NASA's Saturn radio emissions page; select the "click here" link on their page.

Now, listen to the first few moments of this short excerpt from the classic 1956 science fiction movie Forbidden Planet.

(Forbidden Planet excerpt)

The soundtrack for the movie was created by Louis and Bebe Barron. The film represents the first instance in which a movie was scored entirely with electronic music. Louis Barron constructed electronic circuits that generated the sounds; most of the tonalities were generated using a ring modulator. In creating the electronic circuits, Barron used the equations in Norbert Weiner's 1948 book Cybernetics: Or, Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine.

If you are interested in musical interpretations of solar system phenomena, read about Solar Ultrasound - Bass Note In Music Of The Spheres. And, speaking of Forbidden Planet, learn how Earth Scientists Begin To Crack Krell Secrets with brain implants.

If you enjoy poster art, you might want to compare the classic 1956 poster art of Forbidden Planet with NASA's cutting edge Sounds from Saturn poster - click here. Listen to more sounds of Saturn at NASA. Listen to more sounds of Forbidden Planet by checking out the soundtrack available at Amazon; click here and then scroll down to listen to excerpts. Finally, learn more about the Cassini space mission.

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