Harmonic spheres: a journey between astronomy and music
Thursday 25 May 2023 9 p.m.
Harmonic spheres: a journey between astronomy and music with Emiliano Ricci
The links between astronomy and music have been close since the very origins of civilisation. For many cultures, the universe even originates from a sound, a surprisingly topical myth if we consider that modern cosmology hypothesises the Big Bang – that is, a ‘big bang’ – precisely as the moment of origin of our universe.
There are also countless astronomical references in musical compositions (from opera to pop), often simple poetic references, but many other times intentional and refined.
From Pythagoras to the medieval Quadrivium and Kepler, from opera to jazz, from classical to pop-rock and beyond, to the ‘sound’ of the Big Bang, the conference is a journey through the centuries aimed at showing the continuous intertwining of the science of the heavens and the art of sounds, with storytelling, listening to songs and emotions under the starry sky.
– Emiliano Ricci is a lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Florence and a science journalist.
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