The Symphony of Science is a delightful music project that uses pitch-corrected audio from popular science shows like Cosmos, The Universe, The Eyes of Nye, and Stephen Hawking’s Universe, featuring scientists like Carl Sagan, Richard Feynmen, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and Stephen Hawking. It was created by musician John Boswell, and has its very own YouTube channel, letting your little ones access the videos at will. My kids’ favorite is “Children of Africa,” a song about how all humanity comes from one singular origin, and how all life is connected at a biological, chemical, and atomic level. The video touches on themes of racism and global harmony, as well, which makes it a great fit for all kids, in my book.
The Symphony of Science’s first video, “A Glorious Dawn,” went viral in October of 2009, with over one million views in the first month it was online. There are 17 videos in the series at this point in time, each built around a scientific theme, including astronomy, biology, paleontology, and climate change. The videos will appeal to all kids with their catchy hooks and electronic feel, allowing a range of ages to enjoy the science content at a variety of levels. Grown ups will love watching them, too. I know I’ve been unable to get “Children of Africa” out of my head for days at a time.
Composer Boswell has a degree in economics, but has been in music production much of his adult life. He lives in Washington state, and hopes to use Symphony of Science project to “spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through musical remixes” and to “deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form.”