July 4th, 2012 marked a very special day. It was Independence Day in the United States, of course (happy anniversary, dear US readers & friends), Frank Ocean had his coming-out (big up, Frank!) and physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva announced that they had discovered the existence of the Higgs boson — one of those elementary particles that life, the universe and everything is made up of.
While this might not sound too spectacular for non-astrophysicists, it’s still pretty cool for music fans: many artists have referenced the search of the Higgs boson in their works over the past decades, and some also included sounds of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN into their music.
Below you’ll find a list of musical pieces inspired by the LHC, the ATLAS experiment and the works of theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. This is hardly a complete list, so feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section below, or tweet them using the hashtag #bosonlist.
1. Monolake – Cern-LHC
2. Dopplereffekt – Higgs Mechanism
3. Kate Wax – Dust Collision
4. Brackles – LHC
5. Space Dimension Controller – Journey to the Core of the Unknown Sphere
6. Justus Köhncke – Large Hadron Collider Music
7. Elizabeth Veldon – The Standard Model 1
8. Frank Zappa – Finding Higgs’ Boson
9. Full Blast (Brötzmann/Pliakas/Wertmüller) – Large Hadron Collider
10. Carl Sagan – A Glorious Dawn feat. Stephen Hawking
11. Super Collider – Radianations on the Rise (Submitted by Pytzek)
Honorable discharge: Large Hadron Rap
Photo: © 2012 CERN / Michael Hoch
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If you aren’t a Creationist, you probably wonder from time to time how it all started. It’s a pity we can’t give you the answer ourselves, but if you’re interested in science and culture we advise you to go to Linz this weekend. The theme of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival is “Origin: how it all started” and there are more interesting exhibitions, conferences, talks, concerts and performances than you could ever attend.
One of the highlights is probably the CyberArts 2011 exhibition that showcases some winners of this year’s Prix Ars Electronica, the world’s highest endowed prize for digital arts. There you will be able to see “May the horse live in me”, a performance done by Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoit Mangin (together they are Art Orienté Objet) which results in a blood transfusion from a horse to a human performer. The Tesla Orchestra also sounds very promising, as there will be “million-volt high tension of two Tesla coils transferred into audio frequencies“. Their show will take place in the Ars Electronica Quarter both on Friday (from 8 to 9 pm) and on Saturday (from 9 to 10pm).
If you’re more into pure science, check out one of the four symposiums, all packed with highly appraised scientists from A like Ariane Koek (she is currently working at the CERN institute in Switzerland) to Z like Anton Zeilinger (he did some kind of beaming).
Ars Electronica 2011, Linz , 31.8. – 6.9.