The Science of Rock Music
Published on 1 October 2015
A cosmos-themed prog rock band will provide a fitting launchpad for Dundee’s celebration of International Space Week this weekend (Saturday 3 October 2015).
Dundee-based Dr David Darling’s band Freespace will deliver an interactive performance at Dundee Science Centre from 2-4pm, complementing the ongoing ‘Music Mayhem – Science of Sound’ exhibition. Freespace will also perform two evening shows during Dundee Science Festival in November.
The band members will talk about Voyagers 1 and 2 carrying music to the stars, discuss whether aliens would recognise this as music; and explore what constitutes ‘music’ and play some original, scientifically accurate songs. They will also interact with the audience through hands-on demonstrations to differentiate music from other sounds, as well as looking into how instruments work. Dr Darling said, “What makes a sound ‘musical’ as distinct from noise? Can sounds be made in space? We’re inviting people to come along and discover the cosmos and the scientific foundations of music through our interactive performance. We will be performing original songs from our album ‘Songs of the Cosmos’ followed by an interactive discussion and demonstration on how various instruments make sounds, and in turn, make music.”
The performance is included as part of normal admission to Dundee Science Centre.
Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.