The useless dawn finds me in a deserted street-
corner; I have outlived the night.
Nights are proud waves; dark blue topheavy waves
laden with all the hues of deep spoil, laden with
things unlikely and desirable.
Nights have a habit of mysterious gifts and…
During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
There is no sound in space. But thanks to one special instrument, we can hear sound made from space, in a sense. Meet the “Celestaphone”, an instrument made from meteorites.
Sound, although it’s invisible, requires a medium in order to propagate. Without piggybacking on air molecules in order to deliver all those waves of varying frequency and amplitude, sound itself does not exist. Hence no sound in space.
That didn’t stop Clair Omar Musser from making sound from space. He began collecting fallen meteorites in the 1930’s, eventually collecting over 1,388 pounds of space rock. Some of these contained metal, and some more dense and smooth rock. 678 pounds of that collection went into the frame and bars of the Celestaphone, the world’s first and only instrument made completely of meteorites.
Thanks to the guys at Everything Sounds, you can hear the Celestaphone in action in this recent episode (it currently lives at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis). You don’t want to miss it. Behold the sound of the stars!