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Volumina

Posted in Music, The Universe and Stuff with tags , , on March 15, 2012 by telescoper

I forgot to mention that, at the end of my talk on Monday evening,  a gentleman in the audience who is apparently a regular reader of this blog asked if I was aware of that composer György Ligeti had written a piece of music called Volumina  inspired by the Big Bang.  I was indeed  aware of this piece, and have a recording of it, but his question gives me the excuse to post a version here.  I’m sure at least some of you will have heard some of it before, in fact, as an excerpt  featured in the original radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which I listened to on the wireless many moons ago.

You might find Volumina a bit perplexing, but I can tell you that in surround sound with the volume up it’s absolutely amazing. My neighbours clearly agree, and were banging on the wall last night to show their appreciation.