I came across a statement that black holes emit the sound of B flat and was instantly intrigued. A Google search using the words “B flat and black holes” resulted in 291,000 reputable results with poetic titles such as “Black Hole Strikes Deepest Musical Note Ever Heard” http://www.space.com, Black Holes Singing in B Flat?” MSNBC, “Black Hole Hums B Flat” BBC news.
In September 2003, astronomers at NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory found what can be described as sound waves in B flat emanating from a supermassive black hole. The black hole can be seen in the Perseus cluster of galaxies located 250 million light years from Earth. But this is not a B flat you or I can hear. It is 57 octaves below middle C. A piano, by comparison, contains only seven octaves. So if a black hole hums, it hums at a frequency a million billion times lower than you can hear.
Somehow I think this little know fact has not gotten the attention it deserves! Hopefully an attentive reader will be creatively challenged by the possible implications.
Bb 2.0 is a an amazing collaborative music and spoken word project conceived by Darren Solomon from Science for Girls. The videos can be played simultaneously — the soundtracks will work together, and the mix can be adjusted with the individual volume sliders. Deep play!!!!!!!
Click here to see this project in action!