ONE SKY

Experience The Night Sky With New Eyes And New Ears

You may have seen the wonders of the night sky but during Nuit Blanche Toronto on September 29th you’ll be able to hear them too. The night-long exhibit, titled One Sky, is created by astrophysicist-musician Matt Russo along with his collective SYSTEM Sounds and offers an expanded perspective of the celestial sphere.


 “There may be no way for sound to travel through empty space, but that shouldn’t stop us from hearing the music of the stars.” – says Russo, who made national headlines in January with the premiere of his sound-based planetarium show Our Musical Universe at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics. With One Sky, Matt is again collaborating with the Dunlap Institute to give audiences a multi-sensory experience of the entire sky, running from sunset to sunrise. 


After walking underneath a large planetarium dome, you’ll be able to hear a stellar symphony played by the thousands of stars overhead as their brightness and colour controls the volume and pitch. Constellations defined by many different cultures that call Toronto home will create melodies as they dance across the sky and if you’re lucky, you may even hear the long dark tones of the planets or the Moon.


Russo says the motivation behind One Sky is to make astronomy more accessible to everyone, including the visually impaired, “The night sky belongs to all of us, and sound helps us understand its patterns and cycles in a deeper, more emotional way. Why not use all of our senses to experience the universe?”  


 One Sky runs on the night of September 29th from 7pm to 7am at 50 St. George Street as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto.

The wide range of colours and temperatures of the stars in the night sky can be experienced through sound by assigning them to musical notes. Frequencies of light waves (colours) are translated into frequencies of sound waves (pitches).
The wide range of colours and temperatures of the stars in the night sky can be experienced through sound by assigning them to musical notes. Frequencies of light waves (colours) are translated into frequencies of sound waves (pitches).

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