The Music of Our Passions: Symphony of Space

One of the better things I’ve discovered in recent weeks is the John Boswell-headed project, “Symphony of Science.” The idea is to “deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.” In practice, there are several downloadable songs/watchable videos created with audio and electronic music.

I find these to be moving and lovely—as well as in some strange way soothing. It’s like a hymn to scientific discovery and exploration. Space is the predominant theme, though there’s also a sound about biology. For a nerd with an interest in space, or evolution, or the indomitable size of the universe, I recommend giving these a listen.

The project is driven by listener donations and support, so feel free to go over to the actual site, linked above.

This is one of my favorites—it’s the conglomeration of genius writers/scientists from the various disciplines, all in one video, sharing what they love more about science itself.

“Scientists love mysteries—they love not knowing.”

This one is musically the most enjoyable to me, and also has some of the more elegant lyrics/speeches. Oh, Carl Sagan—you’ve given me so much.

There are more songs, but I’ll let you find your way to them through the website, which also has free downloads of them all so you can make an album out of them. (You can actually buy a vinyl production of “A Glorious Dawn” if you really want to.)

Symphony of Science is waiting for your auditory enjoyment. Go, have fun.


Brit Mandelo is a multi-fandom geek with a special love for comics and queer literature. She can be found on Twitter and Livejournal.

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