I was planning on writing a quick review of an anime show for tomorrow, part of my plan to force myself to stay writing and posting. Instead I want to tell you about something truly amazing. (And thanks to Alf of Bridge Troll fame for introducing me)
This is a project called “The Symphony of Science.” (http://www.symphonyofscience.com/) Basically they have taken footage of Carl Sagan and other scientists talking about the Universe, some of their most beautiful statements, and turned them into music by digitally adding musical tones to the words and syllables. I know that sounds really strange and “A Glorious Dawn” doesn’t help any by starting out with cut up film of Carl Sagan making very peculiar sounds. (It’s him imitating a Whale Song, BTW) Heck, you might not even like it the first time through at all. I can guarantee though that most of you, if you actually listen to the lyrics, will not only have it stuck in your head after a couple times through, but love the songs. It’s a message about man’s potential, that despite being utterly insignificant in scale to the Cosmos, we are part of the cosmos and therefore extraordinary. Put simply it is sublime stuff.
Both songs are available to download for free of the website in both audio and video forms. We are also told there is more to come.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc]
Personally I wish we would see more ideas like this. Science is vital to humanity, shaping most of what we know and indeed how we know it yet is often one of the hardest things to get kids excited about. For me it was Bill Nye the Science Guy who did it, along with a book called “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” Carl Sagan singing like a Cylon might not capture too many kids imaginations, but if it gets even one child to study science (be it biology or mad-science, I’m not picky) it was well worth it.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGK84Poeynk]
“A still more glorious dawn awaits, not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise. A morning filled with 400 billion suns, the rising of the Milky Way.”
“The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves we will one day venture to the stars.”
[tags]Science, Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, Music[/tags]