Browsing Category : Musicians and Scientists

Original photos by Jean-Pierre (lab) and Nat Ch Villa (Beyonce). See text for links.

Beyonce the Biochemist


Satire site The Onion recently launched a sister site called Clickhole. It’s a parody on Upworthy, Buzzfeed, and other such sites, but of course the content on Clickhole is all in Onion style. So, instead of quizzes like “Who’s Your Celebrity Best Friend?”, where you can figure out (based on mundane questions about your favourite holiday or colour) which celebrity…

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Earworms


I’ve preloaded the MusiSci blog with a bunch of posts for the coming week. They’re mostly reblogs from elsewhere on Tumblr: I’m getting a lot of mileage out of Tumblr’s new feature where you can search for TWO tags at once to find the science/music overlap. I also wrote an original post, about earworms, inspired by a song that has…

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Book review: A Matter of Time


In “A Matter Of Time: The science of rhythm and the groove“, Portland-based music educator John Lamb combines his backgrounds in music, biology, and psychology to explain the science behind concepts we usually take for granted. It might seem easy to define what a “rhythm” is in terms of time intervals, but in “A Matter of Time” we learn that…

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Rebel, rebel


In 2009 I participated in NaNoWriMo. The goal: write a 50,000-word novel in a month. I “won” the challenge, which in this context means that I churned out 50,000 words in 30 days, and that it was as near as a coherent novel as you can expect in that time frame. I had all the time in the world to…

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TEDxAlbertopolis – Evolution of the Lindy Hop


TEDxAlbertopolis at the Royal Albert Hall last month was amazing and overwhelming, so I waited a few weeks until after the event to decide what my favourite talk was. There were a lot of great ones. The talk by Jessica Thom about Tourette’s Syndrome was the most popular both at the event and online, and Sally Davies’ warning about the…

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Book review – Guitar Zero


I mostly look in the science section of the bookstore when I’m looking for books about music and science, because, from experience, that’s where they usually are. But last month I found Guitar Zero, by Gary Marcus, in the music section of Waterstones. Guitar Zero is the story of Marcus’ sabbatical year, in which he sets out to learn to…

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MusiSci Tumblr


If you’re on Tumblr, consider following the MusiSci tumblr, which I haven’t been promoting very well. It’s a place to put all the things I find about scientists and musicians (or more broadly about science and music) that I don’t get around to writing full-length blog posts on. Today the Tumblr was all about the fakes: a fake poster (a…

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Music from space


Get ready to have your mind blown – twice – by your new space hero, Chris Hadfield, who is currently at the International Space Station. 1. He ended up in an amazing Twitter conversation with the actors from Star Trek. Here he is replying to Captain Kirk. (There’s more) 2. He recorded a cool folk song on the space station,…

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Interview with Brian Wecht


Brian Wecht is a theoretical physicist with a degree in jazz composition, as well as one half of the comedy duo Ninja Sex Party. This is a shortened version of a much longer interview, in which he talks about students recognizing him from YouTube, combining an academic day job with comedy in the evenings, and choosing between a PhD in…

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Interview with Philip Howie


Phil Howie is involved in several Cambridge orchestras, but during the day he’s a materials scientist who just finished his PhD. This is a fragment of a conversation we had, in which he talks about the various instruments he plays, and how he combines music and science in his life.

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