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Burton DeWilde | USLHC | USA

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The Sound of CERN (Now, with sound!)

Hi, All!

I’ve been absent for a bit, competing in the twice-annual Race to a Conference Publication. It’s a full-out sprint that lasts for… five months. No comment on how I did,  but hey, here’s a fun quotation that is totally not at all in any way related:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

– Douglas Adams

Anywho! Last time I wrote about “The Sound of CERN,” as inspired by a reporter on the hunt for it, but I wasn’t able to share anything more than a description of those sounds. Well, I went out and did some field recordings of my own! So put on your headphones, and listen closely: This is what CERN sounds like. :)


In order: The ATLAS cooling towers, the CERN computing center, high-voltage power lines outside Building 40, a computer that’s working too hard, coffee machines at Restaurant 1, a conversation in French. Alas, I wasn’t able to track down the flock of sheep with bells on their necks — they have a few different grazing fields, and we only cross paths when I’m without a microphone. Better luck next time… when I’ll include video with the audio?

Burton :D


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5 Responses to “The Sound of CERN (Now, with sound!)”

  1. Harbles says:

    For more sounds with 360 deg vr pictures too see
    From a few years back while LHC was still under construction. Click on a thumbnail to see and hear that area.

    See if you can record a beam dump!
    The Collimators have already been done.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Wow – brilliant ideas – coming to a lab is such an out-of-the-norm experience that’s really hard to describe to someone that’s never been. Using sound (with or without pictures) is brilliant!

  3. josch222 says:

    There are some new sounds from this year at the collimation project site:

  4. Burton DeWilde says:

    Wow! These are great. Thanks for the links — I think I’ll have to do a bit more poking around, and find the really good sounds… :)

  5. Loretta says:

    When you get the sound of the sheep with bells, I’ll definitely listen!

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