Music and science come together in a refreshing way with the Symphony of Science, as video clips from the old PBS show, Cosmos, and other assorted public lectures are transformed into music videos. John Boswell, the site’s curator, explains at the site that his intention is to merge the two mediums together.
“The goal of the project is to bring scientific knowledge and philosophy to the public, in a novel way, through the medium of music. Science and music are two passions of mine that I aim to combine, in a way that is intended to bring a meaningful message to listeners, while simultaneously providing an enjoyable musical experience.” — John Boswell
Using a variation of the auto-tune software (just turn on the radio these days and you can hear it in just about every pop song), Boswell recreates the video lectures by scientists such as Carl Sagan into interesting musical takes on science. Boswell also has links for downloading the video and audio tracks, and provides a transcript of the “lyrics” as well.
For high school or college students studying Astronomy, the Symphony of Science site might provide a nice alternative. Just imagine students walking out of school, with Carl Sagan in their ears instead of Lady Gaga. Or consider how students themselves might transform lectures into music videos themselves, taking ownership in the mash-up process.