Listen To The Otherworldly Music Of Newly-Discovered Planets

By Meg Miller

An astrophysicist at University of Toronto is using his musical background to further the research around the TRAPPIST-1 solar system.

The first notes in a YouTube video titled TRAPPIST Sounds emerge like the beginnings of a pop song: Four strong piano notes in C, seemingly poised to usher in a barrage of melancholy vocals. Instead, a second note joins in, then a third; by the fourth, the haphazard, off-beat quality of an avant-garde music piece begins to take form. One minute in, as a drum beat punctuates the dancing notes, the song picks up tempo and starts to hit its stride.

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