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Earthquake Waves Turned Into Music




Artists have transformed sounds of aftershocks and chaos into a soundscape called Body Waves and say it is music you can feel.

"This is one of the two types of seismic waves - the ones which travel through the interior of the Earth rather than the surface. It also refers to the way the performance is perceived, which is as much through the body as via the ears," Burzynska said.

Seismic waves are actually acoustic waves, sound waves travelling from the source of an earthquake. However, we can't hear them as they pass through the medium of the earth at a frequency too low for humans to register. Body Waves accentuates the lower frequency harmonics to create music that goes beyond the auditory system.

Their website features a "song" built the epicentre of the recent earthquakes in New Zealand, which capture the vibrations of its massive aftershocks, collapsing buildings and subsequent demolitions, and are transformed to accentuate the lower frequency harmonics.





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