Symphony of Science: Remixes of classic science videos with original music
♦ In September 2009, John Boswell posted on YouTube his remix of Carl Sagan's 1980 Cosmos series. In just one month his first Symphonny of Science music video ("A Glorious Dawn", with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking) hit over a million views and became YouTube's all time "Top-Rated MUSIC VIDEO." Boswell instantly created a whole new musical genre, by using new software that enables voice adjustment such that spoken word is converted into song, while preserving the signature tone and quality of the original voice. It is unbelievably good. Carl Sagan sings! In Boswell's second music video (right), Carl is joined by 3 other fine singers, (er, scientists): Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Feynman, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. (More videos have since been created, including above left with David Attenborough and Jane Goodall in addition to Sagan.)
♦ You can visit Boswell's Symphony of Science website to download for FREE any of his FIVE music videos and/or the mp3 audios of each song by itself. There you will notice that the "artist" is listed simply as Symphony of Science. This is collective intelligence, symbiosis between scientists (and their copyrighted materials) and the artist. For this reason as well, there is no pay button. The artist will thrive as YouTube's hottest new music video-grapher/musician only if we support him with donations.
For CONTEMPLATIVE/ECSTATIC VIEWING
♦ DOUBLE CLICK on videos above to see the original YouTube pages. There you rate the video (click on the fifth star for highest rating) and post a comment. Access Statistics and Data by opening that menu, which is 3 lines below the stars. The gray panel lower right of the video itself lets you subscribe to the artist's email list. (John Boswell's YouTube name is "Melodysheep.") Access the lyrics while you watch by clicking on the blue "more info" link in gray box.
♦ Visit blogs that sample the thousands of comments posted for each of these videos: (1) comments on "A Glorious Dawn" and (2) comments on "We Are All Connected". A half-hour podcast discussion by Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd (on their weekly show, America's Evolutionary Evangelists) explores the implications of this new art form. Houston Chronicle reports online with "Symphony of Science Entertains While Enlightening".