ABOUT

Sounds of Science – The Project

We are a diverse group of individuals, including musicians and scientists (and some people who are both, and more). We have recorded a collection of sounds related to biological research and used them as the basis for musical compositions. We aim to bring research science to the public, through music.

Conducting scientific research is a highly challenging and extremely creative process. It is science, and as often as not, it is art. In order to underscore this duality, with emphasis on science as a creative process, we have taken to infusing music with the themes and ambiance of biology laboratories. Our recordings were carried out at Rockefeller University, at the Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona), and at the recording studios of the project producers in New York City.

This is Phase One of our project. The website you see before you, the music we have produced and made available, and the pictures we have provided, are all here to capture your imagination and bring you into our world. We hope you will keep watch on this website for news and updates as our project develops. Phase Two will see our entire catalogue of samples made freely available for download. We hope that musicians and music producers the world over will benefit and participate in the creation of music with a scientific bent by drawing from this collection of sounds for their compositions. We aim to allow scientists and engineers from diverse disciplines to upload new sounds. The outcome should be an enormous and diverse collection of science sounds for use by the artistic community at large.

If you like this music, share it! If you like this concept, please support us. If you want to know more about the background of this project, from where our samples originate, and how this music was produced, keep an eye on this site as we continue to add and elaborate the content.

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Sounds of Science – The Team

Dr. Weird Love aka Freddy Hg

Dr. Weirdlove, a.k.a. Freddy Hg

John - project founder, project manager, drummer

John LaCava (a.k.a Dr. Weirdlove, a.k.a. Freddy Hg) grew up in MA, just a young punk from the wrong side of the tracks. He got sucked into science while studying biotechnology at MassBay Community College. He then moved to CA and graduated as a biotech major from UC Davis; PhD in molecular genetics from Edinburgh University, Scotland, several years later, and continued on to carry out post-doctoral work at other European institutions. Later he jumped back across the pond, and is now situated at Rockefeller University, NYC. John has been an amateur drummer since being a teenager and is probably amongst the least talented of all the musicians in this group, though he can generally bring the funk when called upon. John is obsessed with fusing all his interests into one master interest and with bridging the gap between pop culture and research science. Having managed to inspire a phenomenally talented group of individuals and bring them together, Sounds of Science was born …
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Ominous B. Lurkin
Ominous B. Lurkin

Dan - producer, musician

Dan Kramer (a.k.a Ominous B. Lurkin) began formally studying piano when he was 8 years of age, and saxophone when he was 9. By age 15 he had taught himself to play bass, drums, and guitar. He received his B.A. from NYU in music technology, with a minor in physics. After college, Dan worked as a television and computer monitor repairman while building his catalogue of music. He has worked for the past six years (as of 2010) as a music producer, and he is the bass player for the punk band Scrapers (f.k.a. Kabona Zombies). Link: http://governmentbeats.com/

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Khoom
Khoom

Nicole - producer, musician

Nicole Jung (a.k.a. Khoom) is an electronic musician whose background stems from years as a classical musician in Hawaii. Inevitably landing in New York City, she completed a B.A. in Music Technology at NYU. Nicole has performed in various venues as a live PA artist around NYC and internationally. Nicole often works in collaboration with other artists as a sound designer. Past projects have included collaborations with the Proto-type theatre, (a)muse collective, AiiBAG Design Studio, and photographer Scott Davis. Her work has been shown in NYC, Russia, and Hawaii. Nicole lends a big chunk of her work to creating interactive performance systems, driven by live looping and sampling. The bed of her sound and rhythmic patterns are often inspired by nature and the human voice. Bringing together disciplines of traditional musical form and the flexibilities of digital sound manipulation, Nicole is in a constant aim to create unique experiences in sound and space. Links: myspace1 myspace2 www.bubl-lab.com
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Jim
Jim

Jim - producer, musician

James Carozza is an A/V technician at Rockefeller University. He was educated at SUNY New Paltz, Center for the Media Arts, and NYU. He is the technical coordinator for the Imagine Science Film festival and has recorded musicians / bands in local NYC venues such as Bowery Poetry Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jim plays guitar and bass in various local bands, none famous yet …
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Pinar
Pinar

Pinar - vocalist

Pinar Ayata started taking flute lessons at the age of 14. She has played in a jazz project band and in a progressive rock cover band, in addition to classical solo performances. She continued singing in classical choirs until she found herself as the lead singer of a jazz-fusion band that transformed her musical passion towards jazz singing and taught her a lot about music. She temporarily joined a jazz vocal workshop until she moved from Istanbul to New York to pursue her PhD at Rockefeller University.
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Pete-Rawque, a.k.a. Sir Real Killah
Pete-Rawque, a.k.a. Sir Real Killah

Peter - pianist, project manager

Peter Insley (a.k.a. Pete-Rawque, a.k.a. Sir Real Killah) was born in LA shortly before he was shuttled, as an infant, across the country to his childhood home in Baltimore. He later attended Columbia University where he majored in physics and mathematics. He worked in computational chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires before joining Rockefeller University in 2008, where he is pursuing his doctorate in developmental genetics. He has been playing the piano avidly for about ten years; he is a fan of Chopin, Janacek, and Faure.
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Dr. Duck
Dr. Duck

Jackie - cellist

Jaclyn Novatt (a.k.a. Dr. Duck) plays with bacteria because they’re easier to understand than people are. Plus, if bacteria do something stupid, she can pour bleach on them and no one gets upset. She is currently finishing up her research at The Rockefeller University, and is excited to start her next gig at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She moonlights as a cellist, having played locally with the NY Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. She’s married and lives way out in the boondocks of suburban Long Island.
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Manon
Manon

Manon - photographer

Manon Cederroth was born November 18, 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland. In parallel with her schooling, she progressed in professional dance and obtained a scholarship to strengthen her skills in Berlin, and later on in Munich, Germany. At the age of 16, she decided to come back to Geneva to begin another professional life as a researcher in a biological laboratory. During this period, she further developed other passions such as photography and drawing. For Manon, photography became a tool to express emotions, different psychological states and life experiences, a way of putting her mind on paper. In the depths of her heart, she hopes that one day, by learning what soul is, she will be able to represent the mind through images. Link: Manon’s website.
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Adria
Adria

Adria - photographer

Adria Le Boeuf grew up in California, acting, singing and dancing on every stage available to her. At numerous points in time, she has attempted to bid fairwell to the arts and focus purely on science. It never works. Now, in addition to working on her Ph.D. on the biophysics of hearing she directs an ongoing improvisational theater group for scientists-in-need, does bio-art film projects, photography, and various musical collaborations.
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Juliet
Juliet

Juliet - web designer

Juliet Zhang is a neuroscientist by day and web designer by night. She has a cat named Damion, enjoys wine and rooftops, and lives in Brooklyn. She helps SoS design and maintain this website. Other sites of hers are: tillperfect.net and graypigeon.com
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