Matt Russo playing guitar in front of orbiting planets

I share the wonders of the cosmos through sound 



Headshot of Matt Russo

Dr. Matt Russo is an astrophysicist, musician, and sonification specialist who teaches physics at the University of Toronto

After completing degrees in jazz guitar and astrophysics he began to merge his two passions by founding the sci-art outreach project SYSTEM Sounds. His work has been featured in the New York Times and he frequently collaborates with NASA to make astronomy more accessible to the visually impaired. He is also a scientific consultant, having worked on Netflix's Umbrella Academy. Matt's TED Talk "What does the universe sound like? A Musical Tour" has been viewed almost 2 million times.

Matt Russo presenting his Ted Talk


"the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data" - GK

I convert astronomical data into music and sound to create new experiences of our wonderful universe 

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I share my musical exploration of the cosmos in public talks and media appearances