November 23, 2009

Matter flows from place to place...

The Symphony of Science people have released their third song, this time 'starring' Carl Sagan, Robert Jastrow, Richard Dawkins and Michio Kaku, entitled Our Place in the Cosmos.

I'm really digging these songs that this guy is coming up with - running old science programs through an autotuner to produce an interesting and thoughtful piece. The website states: The Symphony of Science is a musical project by John Boswell designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. It's an interesting project, one that to me, makes much sense - there is as much poetry and beauty in the natural world that music set around these sorts of concepts seems logical. Who would have thought that the voices of the great minds themselves would sound so good?

What's more, in this instance, in a culture that is so permiated with a notion that science and learning is uncool, these songs come as a welcome change. While they're not likely to convert the masses over to reading A Brief History of Time, their very presence is proof-positive that there are others that feel the same way - much as Bill Nye notes in the project's second song, there's a lot of emptiness there, but that seems to make those encounters with other similar, like-minded people all the better.

This third song is good, but still not as good as that first single, A Glorious Dawn. There's just too many people - hopefully we'll get some dedicated Bill Nye ones and some of these other notable minds. But, that's a small quibble here - the songs are wholly geeky, intelligent and wonderful.

Our Place in the Cosmos - Carl Sagan, Robert Jastrow, Richard Dawkins and Michio Kaku,

We Are All Connected - Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye
A Glorious Dawn - Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking