What does space sound like? It’s a question that has exercised composers and songwriters, as well as philosophers, down the centuries, ever since Pythagoras proposed that the vibrations of celestial bodies create the “music of the spheres” — music which, he claimed, he could actually hear.

Variations on this theme of musica universalis held sway until the end of the Renaissance; chiefly, it was a mathematical and philosophical concept rather than a musical one, positing that there was order and harmony in the universe and in the way the planets were arranged around the Sun.

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