Black Hole Gravity Wave CHIRP Song

Black Hole Song
A parody written and performed by Lynda Williams for the Kip Fest: A symposium honoring Kip Thorne’s 60th Birthday June 3, 2000 CALTECH. Featuring gravitational ‘chirps’ – acoustic representations of gravity waves produced during a binary inspiral.

Black Hole lyrics by Lynda Williams

Black Holes spinning in the dead of night
Spiraling around, out of sight
Until you colilde.
We are waiting for your waves to arrive.

Black Holes singing in the silent night
dancing around space-time torques and tides
Until you collide
We are waiting for your song to arrive.

Black holes collide!
Black holes collide!
Into the night little black holes collide!

(Chirp interlude- Make chirp sounds)

Black Holes spinning in the dead of night
Spiraling around, out of sight
Until you colilde.
We are waiting for your waves to arrive.

Black holes collide!
Black holes collide!
Into the night little black holes collide!

Black Holes singing in the dead of night
Spiraling around, out of sight
Until you colilde.
We are waiting for you song to arrive.
We are waiting for your waves to arrive.

(Chirp! Chirp!)

Kip is largely responsible for the search for gravitational waves and the construction of the gravity wave detector, LIGO. Although gravity waves are theorized to be very weak, LIGO was able to detect the gravitational waves produced when two black holes collide, which was announced on February 11, 2016. https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/news/lig…

Visualizations produced by NCSA/:CA – Potsdam – WashU
International Numerical Relativity Group