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    I've taken data from the JPL Horizons website and calculated the distances between the four Galiliean moons of Jupiter as they revolve around the planet for a 24 hour period starting at 0h UTC on 07 December 2015 ("tomorrow" for some of us). I've then translated those distances into audio frequencies that I can then write out to a .wav file. The higher the frequency, the shorter the distance. In this case, there are six tracks that are created and then mixed into what you hear below. My plans are to develop this technique to assist me in my astronomical research, but to also create what I think is pretty interesting music.

    You'll also hear a faint, but fairly annoying fluttering or helicopter sound in the background. I call this "pixelization" being caused by the discrete nature of the frequencies being played and that each one is being played for 100ms. Not quite sure what to do about eliminating it so if anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it!

    I hear all kinds of interesting things in this piece. Let me know what you hear! USE HEADPHONES!

    Because I'm listening to distances, I call this "Distance Audio":