Monday, August 31, 2009 11:58 AM
Moonbell Music Generator
We can make music out of anything, right? Why not the moon? That's what JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and some other creative mind did.
Moonbell is a music generator that uses the topographical data of the moon that was gathered by the Kaguya satellite from 2007 to mid 2009.
The generator features two playback modes: Orbit and Free Scratch.
The Orbit playback mode shows an image of the moon, the Kaguya's orbit, an altitude graph of the topography, and a graph of the musical pitch over time. It plays different notes based on topography of the moon that is below the simulated orbit of the Kaguya. You can change the orbit by dragging your mouse.
The Free Scratch mode is really cool because you can select your own path across the moon and the notes play the same way, using the topography along your path to determine the pitch of the note played.
The preferences button in the bottom left gives a lot of variation to the playback. You can select out of 128 different instruments for your highs, mids, and lows, change the playback speed, and select which notes out of which chords should be played and which ones shouldn't.
I'm just really glad that someone took this information and got creative with it.
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