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Symphony of Science




In general, the proliferation of autotune in popular music has been a curse, rather than a boon (Thanks a lot, Cher!). That said, autotune can be used creatively and musically, and has inspired many small artists to create great works, sometimes funny, sometimes pleasant, sometimes… inspiring. Symphony of Science falls into the latter category, combining seminars and popular education talks from various eminent scientists (primarily cosmologists, but a smattering of other disciplines, like biologists, chemists, and other fields of physics) with autotune and original musical scores. The result is generally some pretty nice songs with uplifting, empowering messages contextualized towards the scientific understanding of the universe, and how it empowers humanity.

The song that started it:


This one has a rather Postal Service sort of feel; The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science):


The latest effort, Onward to the Edge:


There are several more if you care to check them out.



5 blog comments below

LOL - I hadn't seen these before.
It is tempting me to have a go myself Smile
Bikerman on Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:38 am
Auto-tuning almost anything that wasn't intended to be musical is amusing (see: Auto-Tune the News) and can produce some genuinely nice electronic-style tunes (see: PogoMix) ... but for serious work in pretty much any other genre it sounds out of place and terrible. Symphony of Science seems ... eh, not terrible but nothing special.
Nameless on Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:00 am
It depends on how it is used. We made fairly regular use of it in the studio (I worked as a recording engineer for a while).
The most interesting use was with a female vocalist. She always heard herself about a quarter tone sharp. It took me ages to work out why she was always slightly flat on the mixes. I put autotune into her headphone channel and fed her 1/4 tone adjusted foldback and the result was perfect intonation (well, to within a cent or two).
Bikerman on Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:56 am
Thanks for sharing, Ankhanu. Autotune can make even boring topics (not saying these are) a little more interesting.
standready on Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:06 pm
If anyone's interested, the creator of Symphony of Science now has a kickstarter to fund the recording/production of an original album of songs promoting science, Terra Lumina. There's a video on the kickstarter page with more info.
Ankhanu on Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:46 pm



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