Sounds From Mars

Source: The Quietus. Faint, but maybe just the beginning…

But the 20-second-long clips of Mars’ winds, which can be heard on NASA’s Soundcloud below, are agonizingly faint, requiring over-ear headphones or a full stereo system to make out its subdued symphony of low-frequency hisses, pops, and whistles against the Rover engine’s guttural roar. The page’s comment section is a chronicle of disappointments: “No sound at all … ,” “Not what I expected,” and “Did the tree fall?” are among some of the listeners’ criticisms. A deep roll of bass at the threshold of audibility, the Martian winds are almost a suggestion of a sound rather than a veracious recording of one – a feeble tap on the window when we were expecting a battering ram against a dungeon door.