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Dark Matter in Rap Form


Dark Matter In Rap Form

Coma Niddy drops the knowledge on ya about something funky in the universe. Download the tune here.

Please continue to make fun science raps for me, everyone.

“The universe is like bread and dark matter is the cheese.”

(by comaniddy)

The more science raps there are, the more awesome the world is. True fact.


Microsonic Landscapes

3D-Printed music visualizations of modern albums. Using Processing, each album’s soundwave was analysed and created a unique visual form. The albums are: Jewels by Einstürzende Neubauten, Another World by Antony and the Johnsons, Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Third by Portishead, and the composition “Für Alina” by Arvo Pärt.

An algorithmic exploration of the music we love. Each album_s soundwave proposes a new spatial and unique journey by transforming sound into matter/space: the hidden into something visible.

More can be found at the project’s website here

Researchers at UCLA have been studying the effect of music on human emotions. Specifically, what emotions dissonant (harsh, jarring, inharmonious) music invokes in us. They found that distortion and sharp changes in frequency generally made us feel more excited and carried negative emotions. It’s why rock music makes us so excited and the sound from the shower scene in Psycho is so scary. 

“This study helps explain why the distortion of rock ‘n’ roll gets people excited: It brings out the animal in us,” said Bryant.

As an explanation, the group believes that distorted music brings up the long-engraved fear and excitement rush of hearing an animal in distress. Most distress calls involve a sudden, unnatural expulsion of air through the voice box. The result is a distorted version of their normal sounds.

In the making of an ad for the company Voltfestivalen, groups of several species of primates and a friendly two-toed sloth are presented with different synthesizers to see if any monkey can really play them. The result? Watch to see!


Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, led by composer JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, have created the AlloSphere, one of the largest immersive scientific instruments in the world. AlloSphere visitors experience what it is like to be inside an atom watching electrons spin, to fly through a person’s brain viewing tissue as landscape and hearing blood density levels as music, or to be a nanoparticle on the hunt for a cancerous tumor in a human vasculature system. What you see above:

  1. Mapping of fMRI data of the brain, revealing two layers of blood tissue flow with rectangular agents that are mining the blood density levels. Credit: Graham Wakefield, Lance Putnam, Wesley Smith, Dan Overholt, John Thompson, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, and Marcos Novak
  2. An immersive surround view of a researcher flying through the vasculature system of the human body, as part of the “Center for Nanomedicine Project.” Credit: Pablo Colapinto, John Delaney, Haru Ji, Qian Liu, Gustavo Rincon, Graham Wakefield, Matthew Wright, JoAnn-Kuchera Morin, Jamey Marth
  3. As part of the Multimodal Representation of Quantum Mechanics: The Hydrogren Atom project, this image shows the hydrogen atom with spin, representing an orbital mixture of two probability waves. Credit: JoAnn-Kuchera Morin, Luca Peliti, Lance Putnam
  4. This image is from the Artificial Nature project, and displays a fluid dynamic environment containing bio-generative algorithms, representing plant and insect-like life forms. Credit: Haru Ji & Graham Wakefield Media Arts and Technology, UCSB

Really cool. Can we get one on the East Coast, pleeeeease? Maybe put one in Disney World: promote science and awesomeness at the same time!


“Sweet Home Alabama” played on Tesla coils

(via Open Culture)

Lynyrd Skynyrd + Nikola Tesla = Awesome