LHC Sound Project

Sounds of Science

Simulation of a detection of the Higgs boson in the CMS experiment. Photograph: CERN/Texas A&M University

The ‘soundscape’ is the collection of sounds and noises which make up our sonic environment. We perceive our world from a predominantly visual perspective and often ignore the rich acoustic environments we exist in. Sound not only enriches our lives but also helps us to better understand the world around us. Scientists across many fields are now experimenting with the use of sound in their research –  for example, studying  bat calls as a marker for biodiversity.

The Sounds of Science aims to explore (and of course record!) these rich and dynamic soundscapes which reverberate from the world of science.  So, if you’ve ever wondered what a Higgs Boson might sound like, or how it is possible to ‘see’ with sound, you’ve come to the right place.

The Sounds of Science is presented and produced by Ed Prosser and is featured on the icradio show Short Science.