Here's What the Higgs Boson Sounds Like When Scientist-Musicians Play It

By Adrian Covert on at

Data can translate to music, too. So for CERN's 60th birthday, a group of physicists got together to play music based on sonification data taken from the Swiss lab's for detectors. And it's beautiful!

We've seen the Higgs Boson in musical form before, but it's even better when played by a full chamber. CERN says a group of seven engineers and physicists came together to form the group LHChamber Music:

The musical scores are based on the sonification of data obtained by four detectors —ALICE,ATLAS, CMS and LHCb —during the Large Hadron Collider run 2010-2013. The video (link is external) shows each musical piece performed individually and as an ensemble by CERN's very own researchers; the music was played in the four experimental caverns and in the CERN Control Centre (CCC) and features a harp, a guitar, two violins, a keyboard, a clarinet and a flute.

Data from ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb was weaved with sonified info from researchers own experiments to make a piece of music. They blend together quite beautifully—a nice illustration of how science and music can work together. And not unlike that project from former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy where he took sound data from the U.S. Open to make music. But when it involves the Higgs Boson, well, it's just a little bit more high-minded. And it's seriously lovely. Go on, just give it a listen. [CERN h/t @mariabustillos]