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On Tue, 26 Oct 2004, Tim Nelson wrote:
> Ummmm, check out the very last paragraph of this...
"And most threatening of all, Alden Ulery constructed a swollen drone of
loops and live didgeridoo. Alden confided that he had hoped to get the
loops down to 57 octaves below middle C, a vibration that would have made
the entire audience "shit their pants." The equipment didn't cooperate,
and the Tong's audience-and WFNX's-were spared. Maybe next time! "
He was thinking of what, in some circles, is referred to as "the Brown
He was thinking of something else:
What he actually referred to was probably a remembrance of a recent news
article, mentioned on this list a few months ago, that 57 octaves down
from B flat is the sound this massive black hole in the Perseid cluster
"Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have found, for the
first time, sound waves from a supermassive black hole. The "note" is the
deepest ever detected from any object in our Universe. The tremendous
amounts of energy carried by these sound waves may solve a longstanding
problem in astrophysics.
In musical terms, the pitch of the sound generated by the black hole
translates into the note of B flat. But, a human would have no chance of
hearing this cosmic performance because the note is 57 octaves lower than
middle-C. For comparison, a typical piano contains only about seven
octaves. At a frequency over a million billion times deeper than the
limits of human hearing, this is the deepest note ever detected from an
object in the Universe."
Now that's dub.
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