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Art-Rockers Trying To Destroy Universe
Christian Eede , October 7th, 2015 14:32

Norwegian band have devised a fairly baffling trick to apparently kill us all

Norwegian art-rockers Gazpacho have devised a rather unusual concept behind their new album.

Molok will see the band apparently become “the first band ever who are actively trying to destroy the universe with their album”. A small code that sounds like a strange noise at the the end of the album will cause the correction software that is installed in all CD players to generate a random number every time the CD is played. If that number was to correspond to the actual position of all electrons in the universe, a very unlikely possibility apparently, the universe could be destroyed. This possibility has however been confirmed by a number of science heads who we’re usually supposed to trust.

Offering a little more explanation, the University of Sheffield’s Dr Adam Washington had the following to say: “the random signal produced by the end of the disk contains enough bits of information to express a measurement of the total number of fundamental particles present in the universe.  If the noise actually contained such a measurement, and that measurement was performed rapidly enough, the universe's total particle count could be fixed under the Quantum Zeno effect.  Locking the total particle count would prevent the pair production that forms a fundamental part of the decay of black holes.  Without such decay forces, black holes would remain stable forever, without the need for nearby matter or the cosmic microwave background to keep them fed.  This would greatly hasten the practical end of the universe.”

The band’s Thomas Andersen, speaking more generally on the album, said: “The album itself is about a man that sometime around 1920 decides that wherever anyone worships a God they always seem to be worshipping stone in some form.” The album sees contributions too from Norwegian music archaeologist Gjermund Kolltveit who plays his own reconstructions of stone-age instruments including small stones, moose jaws and a selection of flutes and stringed instruments. If all that’s got you intrigued, you can listen to ‘Know Your Time’ from the album above. Molok is out on October 23.

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