We are a sci-art outreach project that translates the rhythm and harmony of the cosmos into music and sound. We create videos, interactive apps, and public exhibits that inspire, educate, and make astronomy more accessible to the visually impaired. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, and in the Calm app and we frequently collaborate with NASA. Watch our TED Talk for a quick introduction to how we listen to the sounds of the universe and check out our press coverage for more information.
In early 2018 we developed a sound-based planetarium show Our Musical Universe with the support of the IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Development, and the Ontario Arts Council. It was featured in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and on CBC’s Metro Morning.
Our exhibit One Sky, an audio experience of the night sky, premiered at Nuit Blanche Toronto and was hosted by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. We are currently working on a version that can be experienced in a planetarium near you.
In the summer of 2019 we were artists in residence at Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art where we created a new exhibit for the Ontario Science Centre. Find out more about us below and follow us on Instagram and twitter to stay up to date.
Andrew Santaguida is a musician from Toronto. Along with Matt, he was a member of Indie Week winners Tiny Danza, who were signed to Wax/Universal. He has never studied any sort of planetary physics, and asks Matt and Dan too many questions about what’s happening and why is it happening. He has an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Matt Russo is an astrophysicist, musician, and astro-musician. He is a physics lecturer at the University of Toronto, a professor of astronomy and music at Seneca College, and a planetarium operator at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. He has a PhD in theoretical astrophysics and is also a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Guitar Performance program. Visit astromattrusso.com or follow him on twitter @astromattrusso.
Dan Tamayo is a NASA Sagan and Lyman Spitzer fellow at Princeton University. He studies how planetary and satellite systems evolve and go unstable to elucidate their origin and formation, (see more here). In his free time, he likes to code, play soccer, and masquerade as superhero sidekick to his two children.