If atoms are like phonons, why not drop those measures 27 octaves into the audio domain so that we can directly experience that information? Such techniques are not entirely unknown. After all, through infrared imaging, we can map heat of a fireplace - or the contours of the earliest known epochs of our universe. Could material science be improved if one could actually listen to exotic new combinations, if for example, oxygen, hydrogen and zinc all had distinct audio signatures?
What would it be like to walk in fields of sub-atomic particles, or to watch and listen to dilated time?
In this video, Professor in the Media Arts and Technology Department at the University of California-Santa Barbara, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, describes how the creative and scientific communities collaborate using a domed sound proof instrument three stories high to make new discoveries, to materialize the immaterial.