Sónar sends 20 more musical pieces into space. Artists include Alva Noto, Kate Tempest, Lorenzo Senni and Niño de Elche


The 20 new musical pieces

Sónar's second transmission to Luytens Star b takes place on 14, 15 and 16 May. The potentially life supporting exoplanet is located 12.4 light years from Earth, more than 120 billion kilometres away.

Participating artists in the second transmission scheduled for May 14, 15 and 16 include: Agoria (France), Ah! Kosmos (Turkey), Alva Noto (Germany), Choi Sai Ho (China), Cora Novoa (Spain), Daedelus (USA), Daito Manabe (Japan), Desert (Spain), Juana Molina (Argentina), Kate Tempest (United Kingdom), LCC (Spain), Lorenzo Senni (Italy), Niño de Elche (Spain), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan), Squarepusher (United Kingdom), Yuzo Koshiro (Japan) and Zora Jones (Austria).

The first transmission took place on October 16, 17 and 18, 2017, and included music by Autechre (United Kingdom), Modeselektor (Germany), Laurent Garnier (France), Holly Herndon (USA), Matmos (USA), Jean-Michel Jarre (France), Nina Kraviz (Russia), Francisco López (Spain), The Black Madonna (USA), Kerri Chandler (USA), Ólafur Arnalds (Iceland) , Kode 9 (United Kingdom), Laurel Halo (USA), Soichi Terada (Japanese), Fatima Al Qadiri (Kuwait), Cabo San Roque (Spain), BFlecha (Spain) and Nisennenmondai (Japan).

Sónar has launched the second transmission in collaboration with the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) - the research centre that studies all aspects of space and space science - and with astrophysicist Yvan Dutil, creator of a coding system for messages intended for communication with extra-terrestrials and a member of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

The first transmission was made in collaboration with METI International (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) - the organization of researchers advocating proactive contact with extraterrestrials.

The three winners of the competition

3 more musical pieces will also be included in the message, winners of the public call for submissions. The competition, aimed at the entire Sónar community to participate in the transmission of music into space, received around 400 submissions, with three winners awarded exclusive VIP tickets for themselves and their friends. The three winning creators are Nisa Pujol Masià (Spain), Pavel Apisov (Ukraine) and Darko Keteleš (Czech Republic).

Sónar Calling will take the form of an art installation at Sónar by Day

Sónar Barcelona 2018 will present the artistic installation "Sónar Calling GJ273b Control Room by Absolut", a space at Sónar by Day specially designed to discover more about the artistic and scientific facets of this project.

An artistic installation in which the iconic lights of Sonar Calling GJ273b and the large-scale projection of the evocative landscapes of Tromsø envelop the visitor in the atmosphere of one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the festival.

At the entrance to the installation, videos will explain how the two music transmissions were made with interviews from the 38 participating artists and the scientists who made the transmission possible; the sounds and descriptions of the submitted pieces; and the scientific content of the broadcasts.

To hear the music and messages from the artists, along with all the information about the project, please visit www.sonarcalling.com.