Are you ready to receive MIDI signals from space?
If all goes well, a tiny "picosatellite" will soon be sending back "music" from space, in the form of MIDI signals.
The cost of sending a 200 gram package into low-earth orbit has dropped to $8,000, which puts it within the range of musicians and artists. 200 grams doesn't sound like a lot, but think about the computing power packed into an iPhone or even a portable game player.
Here's how Project Calliope describes their plan:
'Project Calliope' is a satellite being launched by a group of space & music enthusiasts on the "TubeSat" platform (http://tinyurl.com/skycall). It'll be an ionospheric detector transmitting sonifiable data back to Earth for web streaming and remixing. Conceptually, it's a musical instrument in space, played by space rather than just after-the-fact sonified. We like the idea of flying something in space whose purpose is to make music until it dies-- music from science.
The "sonifiable data" will be in MIDI form. The project plans to use sensors, made by Canadian company I-CubeX, that output MIDI. The project has not said how people will be able to receive the MIDI data yet.
Links for more info are provided below.
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