This story is definitely one for the "you tell me" scrapbook, and when you read it(if you haven't already run into it), you'll see why. In fact, so many people shared versions of this story that it was definitely "in the aether" this week, and as is my habit, when so many people are in synch, I try to comment. So here's the story, as reported by The Huffington Post:
As the article and accompanying video state, the transcripts and audio of what Apollo 10 heard and recorded was sent back to Earth in a "data dump" that occurred when the Apollo capsulres emerged from the far side of the Moon. In this case, the transcripts and recording were not declassified until 2008, and, if one is paying attention, appears to be gaining some media traction and attention only recently.
When one listens to the audio and video accompanying the article, the "music" is indeed strange, and it is something that the astronauts seem to comment on for the entire hour they are out of direct communications with the Earth.
So... what's going on? What's my high octane speculation? Well, for one thing, I'm not as eager to jump to the conclusion that this is "weird music" in any sort of literal sense. If one listens to the audio of the radio transmissions - note, "transmissions", not "signals" - from the Sun, one hears similarly strange "music". Radio astronomy listens to the "music" of the radio transmissions from stars all the time, and that may somehow be what one is hearing on the Apollo 10 recordings. The other possibility is, of course, that the Moon itself was somehow issuing transmissions that, for whatever reason, are only detectable on the far side. Yea, I know, that's stretching the geophysics thing to the limit. But finally, of course, there's that possibility that clearly is being strongly suggested and hinted at, if not directly stated, in the video, and that is an actual radio signal of some sort, coming from somewhere on the far side of the Moon. And that implies "signalers" and "signalees", which seems to be the point of the media exercise.
The question is, why draw attention to this now? Well, my high octane speculation of the day is that this is not, of course, accidental, but rather a part of the deliberate drip drip pattern we've seen emerge lately, concerning space matters and new propulsion and energy technologies. What's the point in this specific case? I suspect that it is to create the atmosphere of mystery and to elevate normal human curiosity, and hence, to drive the desire for firsthand eyes-and-boots-on-the-ground exploration. But also the way this is being played elevates the possibility that this is due to some current, or past, technological and therefore intelligent presence on the Moon. And here I'm willing to grant the qualitative assessment that this "music" does indeed sound more coherent, and less random, than the type of "music" one hears when one listens to the radio transmissions of a star. In that case, we're being gradually prepared for something: "Oh, yea, and by the way, we also heard intelligent radio transmissions on the far side of the Moon." (And now, just for kicks, let's throw all caution to the winds, crawl way out onto the end of the twig, and remember that for certain ancient religions, stars were gods, i.e., living intelligent, conscious, beings(David Bohm, anyone?). And of course, such beings - if humanity is any model - are usually social creatures and like to communicate. Radio signals across the vast distances of interstellar space would be a rather slow and clumsy method to do so, but then again, if you're around for billions of years, you've got the time to have a. laid back, slow conversation with your neighbors (but be careful of [insert your star coordinate here] because she might get upset, blow her fuse, and go supernova. She's got quite a temper, you know.)).
Or maybe these Moon Music transmissions are some ancient automatic beacon, maybe even a trip wire, or an ancient automated "top 40" station. Who knows? For the moment, no one appears to be saying, and it does appear as if the Apollo 10 astronauts thought it anomalous enough to comment on. And clearly, the media doesn't want you thinking of stellar radio transmissions... they want you thinking of signalers and signalees. The question is, why?
See you on the flip side...