Tune into Melodies the Mountains Actually Make

Curious about what sounds would come from the purple mountains’ majesty? Wonder no more!

A collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey and Italian scientists and musicians, called ElectroMagnetic Music, created audible results from geophysical data collected in the mountains around Crested Butte, Colorado. With support from an American Geophysical Union Celebrate 100 Grant in honor of its Centennial, the music resulting from this project will be presented to the public at the end of September.

In late 2017, the USGS collected geophysical data using a sensor flown beneath a helicopter for mapping geology in the mountains around Crested Butte.


  • Sunday, September 29, 2019, 12 –- 6 p.m.
  • 12–1 p.m. – Presentation of the EMusic project
  • 1 – 6 p.m. – Live-stream audio-video installation of recorded EMusic



Presentation of project and free live-stream audio-visual installation


  • Burke Minsley, USGS Research Geophysicist, Antonio Menghini, EMusic scientist and musician


  • The technical data collected by the USGS in 2017 has been transformed into a new medium, uniquely allowing a lay audience to see and hear the research. An Italian team of geologists, geophysicists and musicians named EMusic have turned these data into music to communicate the advanced science and technology to a wide audience.

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