CERN presents Jamming with the Universe

Movement is a fundamental component of the Universe and thus an essential topic of scientific exploration: from giant planets orbiting the sun to infinitely small particles running at nearly the speed of light in CERN's accelerators.

Dr Domenico Vicinanza and Dr Genevieve Williams will explore the link between movement, sound, and science. After transforming data produced by microscopic collisions in the Large Hadron Collider into music, Vicinanza and Williams will add their own macroscopic motions in the form of a musical accompaniment. Electronic sensors used to convert human movements in real time, will allow the two of them to interact with scientific data in a unique and harmonious jam session. Now, what happens when we add the very talented and slightly cosmic jazz pianist, Al Blatter, into this mix? The audience at Bluedot will be the first to find out!

Dr Domenico Vicinanza is a Senior Lecturer in Electronics at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and director of the Sound and Game Engineering Research Group. He received his PhD in physics working at CERN, he is a professional music composer and orchestrator.

Dr Genevieve Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics at Anglia Ruskin University where she is also the co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CCSES) research group. She has a PhD in Biomechanics and Motor Control from Cardiff Metropolitan University. 

Your host, Dr Steven Goldfarb, is a physicist from the University of Melbourne participating on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. In his spare time, he fronts the Canettes Blues Band from Geneva. Fascinated by the harmonious interplay between science and music, Steve proposed and hosted several workshops at the Montreux Jazz Festival. 

Part of the ‘ESOF Presents…’series. On Saturday 23 July, leading academics and researchers from a range of scientific disciplines and fields of discovery will be making an appearance at bluedot ahead of speaking at the EuroScience Open Forum, Europe’s biggest science conference, which is taking place in Manchester 24 – 27 July.

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