Particle Wind Chime (2010)

The Particle Wind Chime (2010) sonifies high-energy particle collisions. The project allows users to choose a mapping of particle properties, such as energy, momentum, particle type, and direction to sonic properties such as pitch, volume, timbre, and instrument. Then they can play data from the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, Switzerland according to their mappings to hear different types of particle collisions and decays.

This project was awarded “Best Use of Data” at Science Hack Day 2010. It was completed by a collaboration of Matt Bellis, Derek Gathright, David Harris, Jeremy Nuger, Michael Parrish, Janine Scott, and Ole Waldmann.