Dr. Jason Lovelace, twin brother of our own Geoffrey Lovelace, closed our spring 2013 colloquium series with an overview of his work as composer and translating scientific phenomena into music.

Jason and his twin brother GeoffreyJason and his twin brother GeoffreyJason played recorded segments from three of his recent compositions, (i) A Tale of Three Cyclones (2010), (ii) The Heavens Declare (2004), and (iii) Nocturne: Inversions (2012), as examples of his avant-garde approach to composition, which he describes as the sound of science. Jason referred to the pioneering work of composers Holst (circa 1915), Varese (circa 1930), and Xenakis (circa 1956). For the start of summer, the talk was well attended with a strong contingent from the College of Music.

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?!

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