After 25 years scanning the planet for the most advanced sounds and ideas on earth, Sónar Festival has now turned its antennas towards space, by sending music beyond the limits of our solar system in an attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial intelligence.
“Sónar Calling GJ273b” is the first radio message ever to be sent to a nearby potentially habitable exoplanet. The message includes 33 music pieces of 10 seconds each, commissioned exclusively for Sónar from artists who encapsulate Sónar’s exploratory approach to music over its quarter century of existence. Any possible response could arrive in 25 years time, coinciding with Sónar’s 50th anniversary.
Luyten’s Star was chosen as the target because it is the closest star with a known potentially habitable exoplanet that is visible from the Northern Emisphere. The first transmissions were sent on October 16th, 17th and 18th from the EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter Scientific Association) antenna located in Tromsø (Norway). A second batch of transmissions is scheduled for April 2018.
Autechre, Richie Hawtin, Carsten Nicolai, Modeselektor, Laurent Garnier, Holly Herndon, Matmos, Jean Michel Jarre, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Kate Tempest, Kode 9, Laurel Halo and Daito Manabe are among the artists participating in the initiative. All of the artist’s music, along with their messages and all the information relating to the project are available online at www.sonarcalling.com.
Next year Sonar Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary on June 14, 15 and 16 in Barcelona, Spain. More info and first acts announcement coming soon.