SSFX Short-Film Festival at Rich Mix, London

On Saturday 2 September 1:30-3:30pm, the SSFX Short-Film Festival will feature award-winning short films from around the world connected by strange sounds from space.

Get your tickets now. Booking is required.

About the Festival

Alien may have told you “In space no one can hear you scream” but it was wrong!

The SSFX Short-Film Festival has challenged independent filmmakers from around the world to create short-films incorporating a series of strange sounds from space recorded by satellites. The results are a collection of films, spanning a wide array of topics and genres, connected only by these sounds.

The festival will showcase these highly creative works, and will hear from the filmmakers involved and festival judges in panel discussions featuring audience Q&A. Awards will be presented to the best films and a drinks reception will follow.


‘Astroturf’ James Uren & Nidhi Gupta (UK)
A meticulous young man tends to his fake garden to the sounds of deep space.

‘Dark Matter(s)’ Jesseca Ynes Simmons (USA)
This experimental and meditative imagining attempts to capture the activities of a fish tank in a way that takes the inhabitants out of their enclosed world, to a place unknown, to feel both their death and their life.

‘Murmurs of a Macrocosm’ Adam Azmy (UK)
A journey through a microscopic world. We are led via the descriptive recordings of those who travelled it.

‘Names and Numbers’ Simon Rattigan (UK)
Space sounds and Morse code. How to get from A to B and from 1 to 3? This is a sound and voice collage shaped by the sounds of space and Morse code, addressing the external, physical and material experiences of sound and movement contrasted with interior reflections, explored through language, inner voices and symbols.

‘Noise’ Ali Jennings (UK)
A secretive woman opens herself up to her unruly housemate, after they are stuck together in her room. This film was created for the Queen Mary’s space sounds competition and features the sounds recorded in space within the film. Although they are not the direct subject of the film they are key to the characters’ interactions.

‘Saturation’ Victor Galvão (Brazil)
There’s no answer when time is the question. ‘Saturation’ is sci-fi story about unknown phenomena that made all organic processes to be as fast as to make life impossible. The film combines images taken from 35mm slides found in a medical archive with a soundtrack made from space sound recordings.

‘The Rebound Effect’ Aaron Howell (UK)
‘The Rebound Effect’ brings together contemporary movement and digital media to capture dance in a way which pushes past the tangible dimensions of live performance. The illusion created directs the viewer to move with the dancer whilst shifting the sense of space, direction and bounds.


The SSFX Short-Film Festival is being hosted at Rich Mix, East London’s independent arts centre, in “Screen 1” (a beautifully-designed boutique cinema) with a drinks reception following in the Indigo Café and Lower Café Gallery.

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, UK

The nearest stations are Shoreditch High Street (London Overground), Old Street, and Liverpool Street.

SSFX films shortlisted

Our judges have been working hard watching all of the films submitted to the SSFX Short-Film Competition and we now have a shortlist which will be showcased at our festival screening. Here’s a sneak peek!

We’ll have a trailer very soon too.



How to Make Music Composed of Space Itself

You may have heard various space sounds, but some composers have done more than just listen to them. Hear about the ways in which music can be made from space itself.

Deadline extended due to popular demand

Thanks to all of you who filled out our survey on your progress creating a short film featuring our sounds recorded from space. We have decided to extend the deadline by 2 weeks to Sunday 16 July 2017.

Don’t forget to keep track of which snippets of the space sounds you use and, more importantly, write a description of how you incorporated them into your film. This is a mandatory field in our Withoutabox listing and a key judging criterion.

We have also decided to accept partially complete films. Please do finish your films as much as possible and include any rough or incomplete footage along with a note in the cover letter detailing what changes or finishing touches will be made to your film. This will aid the judging. However, your final film must be complete by our Saturday 2 September Festival screening.

Thanks again for your interest in SSFX, we look forward to seeing your films soon!

What Other Space Audio Exists?

SSFX isn’t the first project to use “sound from space” though it is one of the very few to use genuine analogues of sound in the medium of space, plasma. So what have all this other space audio been then? Check our latest video to find out.


How is your film coming together?

Don’t forget the submission deadline to enter your short film featuring our sounds recorded from space is 3 July 2017. You can create a film especially for the competition or edit an existing film to incorporate the sounds.

We hope you’re on track to make the deadline! Either way, we’d like to hear about your progress and would really appreciate if you could spare 2 minutes to fill out this quick survey to let us know.

How to Hear Sound in Space

Wondering exactly how the space spounds from SSFX were made? Or what people think they sound like? Dr Martin Archer delves into all the comments you’ve had about these weird sounds, which may help inspire their use in your films.

You can see the infographic of all the comments here.

Vote in the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition

Dr Martin Archer has been selected for the European Geosciences Union Communicate Your Science Video Competition with an entry about SSFX. You can vote for it by liking the video on YouTube.

SSFX’s Massive Musical Instrument Featured

You may have seen SSFX floating around online and the media recently, as the idea of us living within a massive musical instrument has captured people’s imaginations. Articles about this can be found on the Daily Mail, IFL Science, Yahoo, and Science Alert among others.

Our next SSFX video will be about your comments on what space sounds like. Are any of them right in a scientific sense? Stay tuned to find out!


A bit of fun on Twitter right now is #scienceraptrax where people have been writing mini raps featuring science. Here’s one for SSFX:

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