SolarBeat is described as an “ambient musicbox” whose sound is programmed by the layout and rotation of our solar system. This sounds a bit confusing but it’s quite interesting. There’s only one basic control which is used to manage the speed of the rotation of the planets. When the planets cross the line they make a sound. Now obviously planets closer to the sun rotate faster, so you hear them more often.
What ends up happening is that Mercury becomes an ambient drone while the other planets start to create a sort of random but pleasant melody over time. Definitely innovative with a nice clean layout. Plus it’s both design-y, science-y and musical! This was created by Whitevinyl (real name Luke Twyman) who has a bunch of other great work as well.
Thanks Tim Wade