A Solid Rocket Booster falling back to earth

A Solid Rocket Booster falling back to earth

A Solid Rocket Booster falling back to earth

Continuing the idea of sound design a bit further from the previous post about Leg Bound, is “a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound.” You know how there’s no sound in space because it’s a vacuum? Well whatever the hell the cameras and recording devices are picking up on this video is something pretty strange and fantastic. I found the sounds to be rather soothing, you know, once the rocket has been detached and all that. It might not be the most engaging thing to watch, it takes about 8 minutes for the rocket booster to fall back to Earth, but strap on some headphones and take a listen to something you’ve never heard before.

Found through Kottke

2 Comments A Solid Rocket Booster falling back to earth

  1. the7000club March 20, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    oh my god, what a fantastic find

  2. Andy March 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Actually, the more correct statement is that sound cannot *travel* through space (or any other vacuum). “Sound” is merely vibrations travelling through matter and our ears (or in this case, an electronic microphone) picking it up.

    I would think that the sounds in this recording are actually the metal skin vibrating in reaction to various stimuli (the explosion of the separation, the fuel being depleted as it burns, the twisting of the metal as it falls, debris colliding with the booster, etc.). You’ll notice that on the re-entry, you do not hear the rush of wind you would expect. I assume this is because the microphone is basically set against the metal and is only recording it, rather than those same vibrations being sent through other media like the air and water.

    Still… an incredible piece of work both from a science point of view and an aesthetic one.

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