ALMA MUSIC BOX — Melody of a Dying Star

Sound Installation Using Radio Telescope Data



ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is a state-of-the-art radio telescope developed and operated by 20 countries and territories in East Asia, Europe and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. Connecting 66 parabola antennas deployed in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, ALMA works as a giant radio telescope with a diameter comparable to the size of the Yamanote Line. ALMA detects faint radio waves emanated by distant celestial objects to study the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets. Obtaining a clue to the origin of life is another goal of ALMA.

In 2011, ALMA observed radio waves from a dying star “R Sculptoris.” The ALMA MUSIC BOX made use of this data, and translated the 70 different radio images onto 70 musical discs.

The musicians will compose music tracks by remixing the melodies of ALMA MUSIC BOX for a compilation album and performed at Kyoto, with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. Miyu Hosoi performed as a voice player from Qosmo.

Photo: ALMA MUSIC BOX Concert with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (Miyako Messe, 2016), Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue, Courtesy of OKAZAKI LOOPS Executive Committee


  • Producer

    Masaaki Hiramatsu (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Sorahiko Nukatani (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Sari Hayashiguchi (Epiphany Works)

  • Creative Direcion / Music Box Production / Movie

    Masashi Kawamura (PARTY NY), Qanta Shimizu (PARTY NY), Jamie Carreiro (PARTY NY), Eiji Muroichi (PARTY NY), Kenta Watashima (PARTY Tokyo)

  • Sound Engineering / Motion Graphic

    Taeji Sawai (Qosmo, Inc.), Nao Tokui (Qosmo, Inc.), Toru Urakawa (Qosmo, Inc.)

  • Film

    Satoshi Oda (filmed at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT ‘The Fab Mind’ Exhibition)

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