Jason's theme was the depiction of scientific observables in his music, for example the meteorological description of cyclones, or the sizes, separations, and periods of the planets, or the weather of atmospheric inversions. With each of his three sample compositions, Jason illustrated three inherent approaches to characterizing science with music: (i) aesthetic depiction, (ii) literal translation, and (iii) aesthetic translation. Jason considers ongoing developments in science as a "renewable resource" for original music.
Currently, Jason is working to complete a new interactive composition for flute and electronics entitled "When Black Holes Collide." This piece relies in part on ideas gleaned from his brother Geoffrey's theoretical research on colliding black holes as a source of gravitational waves.
Thank you Jason for the fun and informative visit! We'll look forward to your return in the coming year and a performance of your new piece on black holes, illustrated may we presume with vivid visual simulations from your brother's supercomputer?!