The Astronomical Synthesizer

The Astronomical Synthesizer


Download Project Video (.mp4) (1634.8 MB)

Download Reflection Paper (.pdf) (1.4 MB)

Download Presentation (.pdf) (6.1 MB)

Download Performance Video (.mp4) (2159.3 MB)


This project consists of a live audiovisual performance inspired in astronomy, using analog modular synthesizers and sounds that correspond to astronomical spectra captured in Chile by Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio-telescope, converted into a sound pattern by previous project ALMA Sounds, which results are opened to the community for free artistic use. For the purpose of driving the audio of astronomical signals, a code-based music performance software is utilized, loaded into a dedicated small single-board computer which counts as another element of the modular synthesis setup. The idea is to formally relate the author’s two professional paths: astronomical instrumentation and music production. As astronomy and related images are in the public domain, one key aspect is being able to develop visual content that does not feel overused or predictable to the audience. The aim is to show this ancient science from a fresh but still rigorous perspective.

Publication Date



Valencia (Spain) Campus


analog; astronomy; audiovisual; digital; real-time; sound; synthesizer; telescope

Project Components

Project Components: project video (.mp4), reflection paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), performance video (.mp4).

The Astronomical Synthesizer