12 Nov. 2011

A Symphony of Science

John D. Boswell has a creative knack unlike most. His expressions of science through music are truly awe inspiring. Not only are his recording, remixing and editing abilities so refined that he can make a conversation sound melodic, the medleys he creates are based on scientific fact.

Utilizing numerous elements in his creations, Boswell draws most of his visual material from scientific programs like PBS’s “Cosmos“, which features Carl Sagan. Music’s communicative power is often overlooked, or goes unrecognized. Boswell aims to use the musical medium in such a way as to distribute scientific knowledge to the masses.

Science has given us everything we as a species have today, it has fundamentally evolved the way we think and perceive everyday concepts as simple as “the number one.” (Referenced by Sagan (Cosmos) in Boswell’s “A Glorious Dawn“)..Yet science goes largely unnoticed for all it has given and continues to give us on a daily basis. Sagan reports in his book “The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” that the number of children actually studying and conceiving of science has decreased drastically. Creative thinkers like Boswell are hoping to bring science back into the light which it deserves.



The Popularizers

Popular science communicators seen in Boswell’s works include Richard Feynman, Robert Winston, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jill Bolte Taylor, Bill Nye, Stephen Hawking and Oliver Sacks. Programs drawn upon for material vary from video to video, but Boswell includes aspects of Discovery’s, The Human Body: Pushing the Limits, various Bill Nye clips and Stephen Hawking’s Universe to name a few.

A renowned astrophysicist, cosmetologist and science popularizer, Sagan is one of few scientists that made a conscious effort to communicate complicated scientific concepts in laymans terms. An advocate for the searching of extra-terrestrial life, Sagan theorized that the probability of extra-terrestrial life not existing is remarkably low considering the size of our ever expanding universe. He frequently discussed our planet and it’s relative insignificancy in comparison to the vastness of space.


However, he made it clear that every life form that we know of is related, in the sense that the molecules in our body all originated from the same time and place – the big bang. Sagan marveled at the complexity of life and all that the human species is capable of on an intellectual and biological level. You can detect his deep passion for not only the scientific theory, but life in general throughout many of his books, papers and television appearances. Learn more about Carl Sagan here.

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”


We encourage you to take a journey over to symphonyofscience.com to see more of Boswell’s project and for more background on these scientists.


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