Honor Harger explores the sounds of the sky, using art to connect her audience to the universe.

Why you should listen

Honor Harger is a New Zealand-born artist and curator who has a particular interest in artistic uses of technologies. She's the director of Lighthouse, an arts agency in Brighton, UK. Her artistic practice is produced under the name r a d i o q u a l i a together with collaborator Adam Hyde. One of their main projects is Radio Astronomy , a radio station broadcasting sounds from space.

From a great interview with Harger from Lift '11:

What does it mean to listen to space?

Whilst our project uses what we describe as "sounds from space", it is important to understand that stars and planets are not directly audible. Sound waves can not propagate in the vacuum of space. However, it is possible for radio waves emitted from celestial bodies, such as Jupiter and the Sun, to be heard by using radio technology. In our galaxy, the Sun is the strongest source of radio waves - so it's the most powerful transmitter in the radio sky. Jupiter also sends us strong radio signals.

What we hear is very curiously linked with our experience of radio here on earth -- the sounds are a bit like the sound of static between the stations.

Photo: Matt Locke / Flickr CC

Honor Harger’s TED talks

Quotes from Honor Harger

It's through listening that we've come to uncover some of the universe's most important secrets — its scale, what it's made of and even how old it is.
Honor Harger
TEDSalon London Spring 2011 • 751K views Jun 2011
Fascinating, Informative