Ever wonder what the sound of the thermonuclear arms testing and near-world-destruction would sound like? Artist Isao Hashimoto created this wonderful video demonstrating the time and location of each nuclear test over a 50-year period with each country’s test explosion set to a different note. The result is a somewhat calming, yet markedly unsettling tune that is quite mesmerizing during this 15-minute time-lapse of the 53-year period from 1945-1998. The calming yet eerie graphics remind you of an 80′s-era atari game while instilling a sense of silent fear that I’m sure was ever-present during those times.
Especially interesting is the “copycat” effect in the early 50s between the U.S.S.R. and U.S.A.