From a recent UNC News article:

UNC doctoral music student Todd Swingle plays a number of instruments including the piano, bass, percussion and more "non-traditional instruments," such as bowling ball ... yes, bowling ball.

Swingle won the Second Annual Arts Innovation Award for his original composition, Saturn-10 Split, that combines the unusual sounds from a bowling ball with the software Max/MSP/Jitter, which is a visual programming language for music and multimedia. The piece follows the journey as the bowling ball slowly rises away from the surface of Earth into the far reaches of space.

Swingle explains:

If that bowling ball traveled out of our atmosphere and into the universe at a certain speed, what would it interact with? Throughout the piece, you’ll hear things like GPS coordinates, and as it travels, it gets farther and farther away from Earth. It encounters clouds and atmosphere, so you'll hear water droplets, and as it keeps going farther, it encounters ice from Pluto, radio waves we as humans broadcasted into space. It chronicles that journey as it leaves our atmosphere.

Listen to the full, recorded version of Saturn-10 Split below.

 Interested in learning how to play the piece?

Download the sheet music for Saturn-10 Split

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