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 (twice!) and we frequently work with NASA. Watch our TED Talk to learn about how we listen to the sounds of the universe.
In 2018 we developed a sound-based planetarium show Our Musical Universe at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and One Sky, an exhibit at Nuit Blanche Toronto. 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.
Since 2020 we have been producing regular sonifications for NASA including a running series with the Chandra X-Ray Center. In 2022 we launched a series of tutorials to help teach people how to create their own sonifications. 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 sonification specialist. He is a physics lecturer at the University of Toronto 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. For more information visit astromattrusso.com or watch his TED Talk What Does the Universe Sound Like?
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.