Electronic Music Album Created With Data From Black Holes

Dr Valery Vermeulen is a musician and mathematician who created the unique album called ‘Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001’.

The unique concept has been created in collaboration with a team that also worked with Stephen Hawking.

Dr Valery Vermeulen is a musician and mathematician who has combined his two passions to create an album of audio-visual electronic music, which has been made entirely out of data sonification of black holes.

Mikromedas AdS/CFT 001‘ is the name of the concept album, which is due for release on the 3rd of December via London based record label Ash International, and Touch Music is handling the album’s publishing and licencing.

The concept album consists of three tracks, which all explore the natural phenomena of a gravitational singularity aka black holes. Valery Vermeulen is known for combining art and science, using a data sonification technique that converts data streams from various black hole models into sound, which he then uses to create music.

He utilised a number of different data sources to create the exclusive source material the album is made from, including simulations of black hole mergers, gravitational waves, neutron stars, and elementary particle behaviour near black holes and white dwarfs.

Physicists Prof. Dr. Matthias Kaminski and Prof. Dr. Thomas Hertog were academic partners that helped gather the data. Both of the scientists are former colleagues and long-time collaborators with the likes of Stephen Hawking, and played a key role in the data collection for this project.

Valery Vermeulen is also a respected academic with a PhD in pure mathematics and an MA in music production, and he is someone who is looking to strengthen the links between the worlds of art and science.

You can watch a trailer for the album below, and find out more about the project from HERE.


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