Experience the Sounds of Earthquakes

Experience the Sounds of Earthquakes

“The SeismoDome project started with a question over a decade ago. Holtzman and sound designer Jason Candler were playing in a band together, and Candler asked: What does an earthquake sound like?

Scientists and technicians at the Seismic Sound Lab translate seismic data into auditory and visual effects, creating interactive experiences that demonstrate the how earthquakes and other natural phenomena affect our planet. These experiences not only help viewers better understand plate tectonics and the physics of earthquakes, but also may help scientists develop new methods for anticipating earthquakes before they happen.

The first Seismic Ring demonstration was built for Open House in 2006, and in 2014 the lab began a series of shows at the American Museum of Natural History, turning the Hayden Planetarium into a “Seismodome,” filled with the sights and sounds of earthquakes.

On November 19, the Seismic Sound Lab will return to Hayden Planetarium for a new Seismodome show, but you can preview some of their new material on October 8 at the 2016 Open House, where Ben Holtzman and his team will lead attendees through small-group, interactive experiences in waves, earthquakes, human-induced seismicity, and noise.