Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Scientific Symphonies

PZ Myers has been posting a series of fascinating videos on his Pharyngula blog, which incorporate applying an audio processing computer program called Auto-Tune to the voices of certain scientists and popular science educators to create a musical presentation of the beauties and glories of science. Yesterday PZ finally provided a link to the source of all these videos, a site called Symphony of Science, "a musical project by John Boswell designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form" (to quote the website).

Basically, Boswell collects lectures from various scientists, and especially TV science educators like Carl Sagan, and using Auto-Tune adapts the spoken word to the musical background he composes for the pieces. Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Richard Feynman, Bill Nye, Richard Dawkins... These are the cast Boswell works with to transform what most people see as the dry, boring world of science into an awe-filled tribute to exploration, discovery, and the scientific method.

You can visit the website for downloads, videos, links, etc., but I thought I'd post the three completed videos here for your enjoyment.


  1. What extraordinary videos. Fascinating.

  2. Wow, cool. I will have to check it all out.

    Thanks, Roy!

  3. Roy, you are other-worldly indeed.

  4. Really cool. And today's hat is, too!

  5. Don't know whether to laugh or applause, amazing.