Symphony of Science


SYNOPSIS: The Symphony of Science is a musical project headed by John Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. You can click the link above to visit the project homepage where you can download songs, read lyrics and find links relating to the messages conveyed by the music, or scroll down to watch the videos in full.

The project owes its existence in large measure to the wonderful work of Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steve Soter, of Druyan-Sagan Associates, and their production of the classic PBS Series Cosmos, as well as all the other featured figures and visuals.

All rights to clips from Carl Sagan's Cosmos are owned by Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc., and credit is due to Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter for the relevant lyrics and audio-visual material.

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"Monsters of the Cosmos" is the 18th instalment in the Symphony of Science series.

Symphony of Science returns! Morgan Freeman and a choir of scientists sing to you about the science and freakiness of black holes.

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"Secret of the Stars" is the 17th instalment in the Symphony of Science series.

A musical celebration of E=MC squared and Einstein's theory of relativity. Featuring Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene and Lisa Randall.

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"Our Biggest Challenge" is the 16th instalment in the Symphony of Science series.

A musical investigation into the causes and effects of global climate change and our opportunities to use science to offset it. Featuring Bill Nye, David Attenborough, Richard Alley and Isaac Asimov. "Our Biggest Challenge" is the 16th episode of the Symphony of Science series by melodysheep.

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"We Are Star Dust" is the 15th instalment in the Symphony of Science series.

We are star dust, reaching out to the universe. The 15th Symphony of Science video featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Feynman and Lawrence Krauss. Materials used are from: Cosmic Quandaries with Neil DeGrasse Tyson; 10 Questions for Neil DeGrasse Tyson; Beyond Belief 2006 with Neil DeGrasse Tyson; The Most Astounding Fact; A Universe from Nothing - Lawrence Krauss; Feynman "Fun to Imagine" Interviews; Journey to the Edge of the Universe; Finding Life Beyond Earth (NOVA); Wonders of the Universe (BBC); Sunshine

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"The World of the Dinosaurs" is the 14th instalment in the Symphony of Science series.

A musical celebration of dinosaurs! "The World of the Dinosaurs" is the 14th instalment in the Symphony of Science series; it investigates their habits, extinction, and how we learn about them. Featuring Alice Roberts, Bill Nye, Nigel Marvin, Dallas Campbell and more. Materials used in the creation of this video are from: Dinosaurs Alive; BBC "How to Build a Dinosaur"; BBC "Extinct: A Horizon Guide to Dinosaurs"; Bill Nye - Dinosaurs; Prehistoric Park; Discovery Channel "Last Day of the Dinosaurs"; Jurassic Park; Jack Horner's 2011 TED Talk

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"Evolution: The Greatest Show on Earth" is the 13th instalment in the Symphony of Science series.

A musical celebration of the wonders of biology, including evolution, natural selection, DNA, and more. Featuring David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is the 13th video in the Symphony of Science music videos series. Materials used in this video are from: Richard Dawkins' "There is grandeur in this view of life" speech; BBC Life; BBC Planet Earth; David Attenborough's First Life; Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life; Bill Nye Evolution episode

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"Onward to the Edge" is the 12th instalment in the Symphony of Science series.

A musical investigation into the importance and inspirational qualities of space exploration (human and robotic), as well as a look at some of the amazing worlds in our solar system. Featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox, and Carolyn Porco.

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"The Quantum World" is the eleventh installment in the ongoing Symphony of Science music video series.

A musical investigation into the nature of atoms and subatomic particles, the jiggly things that make up everything we see. Featuring Morgan Freeman, Frank Close, Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Richard Feynman, and Stephen Hawking.

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"Children of Africa" is the tenth instalment in the ongoing Symphony of Science music video series.

A musical celebration of humanity, its origins, and achievements, contrasted with a somber look at our environmentally destructive tendencies and deep similarities with other primates. Featuring Jacob Bronowski, Alice Roberts, Carolyn Porco, Jane Goodall, Robert Sapolsky, Neil deGrasse Tyson and David Attenborough.

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"Ode to the Brain" is the ninth episode in the Symphony of Science music video series. Through the powerful words of scientists Carl Sagan, Robert Winston, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, and Oliver sacks, it covers different aspects the brain including its evolution, neuron networks, folding, and more.

The material sampled for this video comes from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Jill Bolte Taylor's TED Talk, Vilayanur Ramachandran's TED Talk, Bill Nye's Brain episode, BBC's "The Human Body", Oliver Sacks' TED Talk, Discovery Channel's "Human Body: Pushing the Limits", and more. (The principal design for the motion graphic at the end was designed by Joe Snodgrass. Check out his record label: http://twitter.com/luxusarctica.)

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"The Big Beginning" is the eighth installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It deals with the origins of our universe, covering the Big Bang theory, expansion and cooling of the universe, formation of galaxies, the interplay between matter and anti-matter, and cosmic radiation.

The music video features Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, Tara Shears, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Videos sampled for this installment include Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking; God, The Universe, and Everything Else; The Universe (History Channel); NOVA ScienceNOW; interviews with Richard Dawkins and Tara Shears, and Carl Sagan's Cosmos. (The principal design for the motion graphic at the end was designed by Joe Snodgrass. Check out his record label: http://twitter.com/luxusarctica.)

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"A Wave of Reason" is the seventh installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It is intended to promote scientific reasoning and skepticism in the face of growing amounts of pseudoscientific pursuits, such as Astrology and Homeopathy, and also to promote the scientific worldview as equally enlightening as religion. It features Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Sam Harris, Michael Shermer, Lawrence Krauss, Carolyn Porco, Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Phil Plait, and James Randi.

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"The Case for Mars" is the sixth installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It features Robert Zubrin, Carl Sagan, Brian Cox, and Penelope Boston. Samples come from the documentary "The Mars Underground", Cosmos, and Wonders of the Solar System. The video is intended to pique curiosity about the planet Mars and to promote human exploration of it.

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"The Poetry of Reality" is the fifth installment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It features 12 scientists and science enthusiasts, including Michael Shermer, Jacob Bronowski, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Jill Tarter, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Feynman, Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking, Carolyn Porco, and PZ Myers, promoting science through words of wisdom.

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"The Unbroken Thread" is the fourth video in the Symphony of Science series, and it features David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, and Carl Sagan. The clips used in this installment come from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, David Attenborough's Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life, The Life of Mammals, The Living Planet, BBC Life, XVIVO Scientific Animations, IMAX Cosmic Voyage, Jane Goodall's TED Talk, and a clever Guinness Commercial.

The themes present in The Unbroken Thread attempt to explore the wild diversity of life on our planet, the intricacy and origin of its mechanisms, and its close relation to all other life forms.

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"Our Place in the Cosmos", the third video from the Symphony of Science, was crafted using samples from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Richard Dawkins' Genius of Charles Darwin series, Dawkins' TED Talk, Stephen Hawking's Universe series, Michio Kaku's interview on Physics and aliens, plus added visuals from Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, History Channel's Universe series, and IMAX Cosmic Voyage.

The themes present in this song are intended to explore our understanding of our origins within the universe, and to challenge the commonplace notion that humans have a superior or privleged position, both on our home planet and in the universe itself.

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"We Are All Connected", featuring Bill Nye, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and Neil deGrasse Tyson, was made from sampling The History Channel's Universe series, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, The Powers of 10, and more.

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"A Glorious Dawn" was crafted from sampling Carl Sagan's 1980 PBS Documentary Cosmos and Stephen Hawking's 1997 PBS cosmology documentary series Stephen Hawking's Universe. Cosmos is available to watch for free on Hulu, and many parts of Stephen Hawking's Universe can be found on Youtube and various other video sites online.

A Glorious Dawn appears courtesy of Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc.



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