Amazing footage from the surface of the sun

Brilliant Noise from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

Brilliant Noise takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy. After sifting through hundreds of thousands of computer files, made accessible via open access archives, Semiconductor have brought together some of the sun’s finest unseen moments. These images have been kept in their most raw form, revealing the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. This grainy black and white quality is routinely cleaned up by NASA, hiding the processes and mechanics in action behind the capturing procedure. Most of the imagery has been collected as single snapshots containing additional information, by satellites orbiting the Earth. They are then reorganised into their spectral groups to create time-lapse sequences. The soundtrack highlights the hidden forces at play upon the solar surface, by directly translating areas of intensity within the image brightness into layers of audio manipulation and radio frequencies.

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  1. Many thanks. That is a good one.

  2. Mesmerising. Very good with headphones in place. The differing sounds from different spectral ranges is mind-boggling when you consider that it would all be going on simultaneously.

  3. Absolutely fantastic! Switch your sense of wonder to “on.”

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