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Music from the stars

It all began in 1962 with the publication of an article written by three American astrophysicians about their observations of the Sun. They had discovered strange movements on the surface of our star.
In 1970 another American astrophysician, Roger Ulrich offered an explanation for those events : The vibrations observed are "trapped stationary acoustic waves".
 
Today we know that the Sun rings with a frequency close to sol dièse (G#). The discovery of this note is the result of a recent study by Sylvie Vauclair, astrophysician at the "Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et en Planétologie" and emeritus professor at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse and by Claude-Samuel Lévine, a music composer.
 
Since studying the Sun, Sylvie Vauclair has established the frequencies of other stars in our galaxy.
If the Sun and similar stars resonate like musical instruments, then it would be  possible to organize those sounds and create real spatial music ! Just as he did for the Sun, Claude-Samuel Lévine has transformed the data calculated by Sylvie Vauclair into stellar notes.
 
The mysterious beauty of the palette of sounds emanating from each star is astonishing and the music written by Claude-Samuel Lévine forms a magnificent "star concerto". Listeners forget their terrestrial present and rise smoothly into the immensity of space.
 
The combined efforts of Sylvie Vauclair and Claude-Samuel Lévine offer a wonderful example of the possible links between art and science, between poetic language and scientific language.
 
This exceptional encounter forms the main thread of the  documentary film I would like to make.
 
From a scientific point of view, the discovery of the harmonics sent by the stars is also a precious source of information. We now know more about the internal structure of the stars, their composition, their mass and their age.
This growing knowledge contributes to a better understanding of the Universe which surrounds us.
 
Day after day ever more powerful telescopes constantly scrutinize the sky in search of new discoveries.
This urge for scientific innovation reflects our insatiable thirst for knowledge and our desire as human beings to discover the origins of our existence.

Is new knowledge a threat to the poetic mystery of the Universe we live in ?
Might the mystery even disappear ? Or on the contrary, could this knowedge constitute a way forward to a finer perception of the beauty of our galaxy ?

These are the key questions and ideas explored in Sylvie Vauclair’s books and presented for the public at large in this documentary film.