Way Out Sounds from Saturn


When I was a young kid we still had a giant hi-fi stereo in my house and the core of my family’s music listening was not the new fangled 8 track system, but the tried and true turntable. Of course my parents’ taste in music consisted of albums along the line of Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass’ Whipped Cream & Other Delights, so it wasn’t the most thrilling musical lineup for a young kid.

I remember digging through the piles of records one day when I found a weird record that consisted of “space sounds”. I am not too clear on the albums origins and I have been trying to track it down for a while. They were electronic sound effects, which I assume were fake, that were supposed to simulate the sounds of our planetary neighbors. It was awesome!

I had basically given up home of hearing anything like these recordings ever again. Luckily I saw this post about the NASA website this morning “œEerie Sounds of Saturn’s Radio Emissions”. This thing had been out for 2 years! How could I have missed this?

It was exactly as I remembered, and boy did it take me back to those early years. Back when I thought the Jetsons was a peak into the future and I would own a summer house on Mars by the time I was 25. It’s not the future I predicted, but at least I can hear the sweet sounds of our distant planet for real now. Baby steps.

Enjoy the Creepy yet beautiful sounds of Saturn.


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5 thoughts on “Way Out Sounds from Saturn

  1. That is so Space Age, isn’t it? Somewhere there’s audio interpretations of of Io’s magnetic field recorded by the Galilleo spacecraft, which reminded me of the signals from Planet Meta in Space: 1999!

  2. Drahken says:

    Kinda reminds me of this ‘spaced out disco” album I used to have, it had music from star wars, star trek, close encounters, and even some that I think were originals.

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