Symphony of Science


Also known as “The only good thing Auto-Tune has ever been used for. Ever. Except maybe this.” This project isn’t particularly new, and I have been basking in the geekiness of this music for a while, but I just realized I neglected to share it with you. What a horrible, selfish whore I am.

(Incidentally, this isn’t a filler piece, even if it may seem that way. I’m partway through several very cool tech posts, including tips on how to write more secure web apps, a review of a fabulous penetration testing tool I have been trying out, and one on taking FBML even further to create a multi-layered FBML mini-site. I’m not slacking off, I promise.)

The Symphony of Science is a musical project headed by John Boswell designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. While I cannot speak to the specific process John uses to create these amazing songs, the end result is touching, almost ethereal music that is geekiness personified. Don’t take my word for it though – check out my favorite above, The Unbroken Thread:

This piece is particularly touching to me, as I have had the surreal honor of getting to meet Jane Goodall, and talk with her a bit at a very small wellness conference in Colorado a few years back. Jane Goodall has always been a personal hero of mine, and after getting to meet her, and hearing her speak at that conference, my esteem for her only grew. She’s got it all – balls the size of coconuts, wisdom, grace, elegance – and an almost tangible presence of peace and calmness about her.

So to see her mixed in with Carl Sagan and David Attenborough – wow. Just wow. I can barely make it through this song without my eyes getting a little misty.

But if that hippie shit isn’t your thing, check out these two uber-geeky songs:

The music is free to download, so make with the clicky, pronto.

Visit the website, learn more about John and what he is trying to accomplish through this project, watch the videos, and sign up for the mailing list so you can be notified of new masterpieces. DO ALL THE THINGS.

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And please – if you can spare some change – consider donating to the project. I did. I sent John money, and a note with my deepest thanks for doing this.

This music validates and celebrates adult geeks everywhere, and draws in a new generation of geeks and potential geeks everywhere. I’m a big fan of nerdcore music, as you probably know, but this goes beyond the otaku and geek pop culture, and touches me on an even deeper level.

And on that, enough with the serious touchy-feely stuff. I’ll be back with my regularly scheduled snark later. But have a go fuck yourself for good measure.