Lecture Schedule

September 10, 2011: Golm Science Campus Open Day, Potsdam/Golm, Germany

September 3, 2011: Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal

July 13, 2011: Cardiff University, UK

July 5, 2011: Southampton University, UK

June 29, 2010: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA

May 8, 2010: Beijing Planetarium, Beijing, China

April 7, 2010: Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA

March 10, 2010: Hanover University, Hanover, Germany

February 25, 2010: University of Oporto, Portugal

December 4, 2009: Nikolaisaal, Potsdam, Germany

License and Use of Clips

The clips made available on this page may be used freely for non-commercial educational and scientific purposes, but they must be appropriately attributed. Each clip has a credit sequence at the end. If this sequence is not included in the use of the clip then the text credit given with the links to the clips on the right must be displayed in the presentation that uses the clip.


Multimedia Lecture given by Bernard Schutz

The multimedia show "Gravitational Waves: Listening to the True Music of the Spheres" is a lecture supported by a film, with some demonstrations involving audience participation. The purpose of the lecture is to explain how different the information carried by gravitational waves is from that which we get from normal astronomical observing in visible light, radio waves, gamma rays, and so on. The film runs continuously through the lecture and Bernard Schutz narrate it.

The lecture moves away from the traditional format for scientific lectures to the general public. Instead of a series of slides, possibly with film clips, the film explains the science using sounds and moving images rather than text. The film contains many simulations of expected gravitational wave "sounds" converted into real audio sounds. It also contains a number of original animations, three narrated sequences, and an original soundtrack.

The film and lecture is a part of the Scienceface outreach project, developed jointly by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and Milde Science Communication, in Potsdam Germany. It was put together with the help of Exozet Effects in Babelsberg, Potsdam.

Film clips extracted from "Music of the Spheres"

Some of the sequences of the film have been extracted into individual film clips that can be included in more traditional-style presentations. They are offered below freely for download. Please observe the licensing and use statement to the left.

Animation of waves passing over a single starfield
duration 00:53
640x480 mp4 10.2 MB
320x240 mp4 1.7 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg/ESO
Animation of waves passing over several successive starfields
duration 01:04
640x480 mp4 12.6 MB
320x240 mp4 2.4 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg/ESO
Black hole merger with chirp sound
duration 00:39
640x480 mp4 8.6 MB
320x240 mp4 1.5 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg/
Gravitational wave zoo: animations of various sources
duration 03:48
640x480 mp4 44.8 MB
320x240 mp4 8.3 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg/Jodrell Bank Centre/John Rowe Animations/ESO/M. Kornmesser/Casey Reed/Penn State University/L. Calçada

Jungle without sound, then with sound
duration 00:50
640x480 mp4 10.6 MB
320x240 mp4 1.9 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg/getye1/Leszek Nowak/Matt Willmann✝

✝Disclaimer: The provenance of part of this film can no longer be established; the website which at one time offered it for free is no longer available.

LISA mission animation, narrated in English
duration 02:17
640x480 mp4 26.3 MB
320x240 mp4 5.3 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg/NASA/Narrator: Franziska Pigulla

Neutron star merger and gamma jet animation
duration 00:43
640x480 mp4 9.3 MB
320x240 mp4 1.9 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg/NASA

Sequence of train passing a crossing bell, illustrating changing Doppler shift of the sound of the bell
duration 00:25
640x480 mp4 5.6 MB
320x240 mp4 1.1 MB
Credit: AEI/Milde Science Communication/Exozet Babelsberg, Olaf Skrzipczyk