Audyssey brings audio to life. We find the science of sound awe-inspiring. It’s why we started the company.
So here’s some cool sound news out of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. An Associate Professor, Zhihang Peng, has given voice to the earth itself. He started with the data collected from last year’s devastating earthquake off the coast of Japan and converted it into sound files.
Sensors along the fault lines recorded the shifts and vibrations in Earth’s tectonic plates. Peng converted the intensities of those movements into corresponding volumes and, when sped up to 100x the original events, the result was amazing. The recordings reveal a large, thunder-like rumble representing the initial 9.0 jolt followed by a series of swells that represent the aftershocks.
A year after the tragedy, the work of Peng is an eerie reminder of the powerful science of the world we live in. It’s also a wonderful demonstration of how science and sound can provide further understanding of that world.
In the twelve months since the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, we at Audyssey have seen our business partners and the people of Japan rebound and rebuild. Undoubtedly the most awe-inspiring part of this historic event has been the continued speed and strength of their recovery.
Read how you can help the recovery here. Listen to the earthquake here.