Rhythms of starlight, melodies of astrophysics: Fellows Friday with Lucianne Walkowicz
Ever wondered what the music of the cosmos sounds like? You’re about to find out. Astrophysicist and TED Senior Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz works on the Kepler mission, looking at a patch of our galaxy to learn about stars and their planets. During an interview at TED2013, she mentioned that she is also an artist and has begun composing music woven from star data, after feeling inspired by the work of Fellows like data artist Julie Freeman.
Check it out!
Click to listen to ‘Oscillator’ by Perry and Pollock
A little “tail” about the future cats Fritz and Othello. Even as human civilization is superseded by a new wave of intelligent technological frontiers, cats of all shapes and sizes live on in different semi-robotic forms.
Stephen Pollock: Guitars, Drums, Keyboards
Canaan Perry: Lead Guitars, Synthesizer, Bass, Effects
A 1980s-style Synth Rock piece about the computerized future.
Today, we are all Computer People.
Music: ‘Computer People by Perry & Pollock ©2012
Percussion, Synthesizer, Vocals: Stephen Pollock
Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer: Canaan Perry
Visuals: Archival Bell System Footage
A SOUND and music montage about the remnants of a man with a robot arm and a computer brain, who works in an off-world factory as a cyborg drone. Occasionally he has flashbacks to being a human. The sounds of a life once lived – or was it?
Music: ‘Cyborg Bandit’ by Perry & Pollock ©2012
Stephen Pollock (Piano, Effects, Vocals)
Canaan Perry (Guitar, Synthesizer, Effects)
Public Domain Visuals:
– Chevrolet assembly line workers in Flint, Michigan (1936)
– ‘The Drama of Steel’, United State Bureau of Mines (1946)
– ‘Serpentine Dances’, Edison Kinetoscope Films (1894-1896)
A BEAST is loose in Fremantle, Western Australia. Another sound and noise montage by Stephen Pollock (Piano) and Canaan Perry (Guitar, Synthesizer and Effects).
Music: ‘Freo Giant’ by Perry & Pollock ©2012
Footage courtesy of Sebastiaan Biesaart
READ ‘The Aesthetics of Sound‘ by Science Fiction in the City, for an interesting overview of how science fiction, music and aesthetics have come to intersect over time. An unofficial Amazing Concept of the Day Award goes to Schoenburg’s “Emancipation of the dissonance“.
WHAT HAPPENS when a space station computer at the end of the cosmos becomes self aware and finds only loneliness? Another sound montage by Stephen Pollock (Piano and Vocals) and Canaan Perry (Guitar, Synthesizer and other Effects).
Music: ‘Beacon’ by Perry & Pollock ©2012
Footage courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth