Credit: ESO/C. Malin

A compilation music album titled ‘MUSIC FOR A DYING STAR’ will be released in 30 September, 2015!

The musicians will compose music tracks by remixing the melodies of ALMA MUSIC BOX for a compilation album. Having succeeded in fundraising for the CD production through the crowdfunding, the album will be released in Autumn 2015!

To produce art and music by utilizing the real observation data will be the first challenge for both ational Astronomical Observatory of Japan and ALMA project.

Science research achievement shall be the property for all human being. We’d like to share that as a familiar media as ‘music’ and try to produce art works by collaboration between universe and us.


EPCT-2 52 min. incl. 12 tracks
cEpiphany Works + PARTY NY

3,000 JPY
Taeji Sawai, Shuta Hasunuma, Shione Yukawa, Goro Ito, Takagi Masakatsu, milk a.k.a Taro Umebayashi, Throwing a Spoon, mito, Taikuh Jikang, Steve Jansen, Christian Fennesz

*Data download in iTunes world wide will also be available from 30 Sep.

We would like to express our gratitude to whom supported via crowdfunding for our project.

Our supporters here

Crowdfunding platform ‘A-port’ (the project duration has ended)

Sound Samples


ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is a state-of-the-art radio telescope developed and operated by 20 countries and territories in East Asia, Europa and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. Connecting 66 parabola antennas deployed in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, ALMA works as a giant radio telescope with a diameter comparable to the size of the Yamanote Line. ALMA detects faint radio waves emanated by distant celestial objects to study the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets. Obtaining a clue to the origin of life is another goal of ALMA.

In 2011, ALMA observed radio waves from a dying star “R Sculptoris.” The ALMA MUSIC BOX made use of this data, and translated the 70 different radio images onto 70 musical discs.


The Contemporary 1
“In Our Time: Art in Post-industrial Japan”

ALMA MUSIC BOX will be exhibited at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Exhibition Website

2015.5.26(Tue.) - 11.15 (Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Mondays, July 21 (Open on July 20, August 17)
Design Gallery, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa



  • Masaaki Hiramatsu (NAOJ)
  • Sorahiko Nukatani (NAOJ)
  • Sari Hayashiguchi (Epiphany Works)

Creative Direction
Music Box Production (PARTY):

  • Masashi Kawamura
  • Qanta Shimizu
  • Jamie Carreiro
  • Eiji Muroichi
  • Kenta Watashima

Sound Engineering
Motion Graphics Program (Qosmo):

  • Taeji Sawai
  • Nao Tokui
  • Toru Urakawa


  • Satoshi Oda
  • filmed at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT ‘The Fab Mind’
    (2014.10.24~2015.2.1) Exhibition