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The sights – and sounds – of AAAS

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By Margaret Harris

A couple weeks ago, the physicsworld.com blog brought you some of the sights and insights from the AAAS conference in Washington, DC. Today I’d like to bring you a few sounds as well, courtesy of Lelavision Physical Music, a dance-sculpture-music duo who formed part of the sonic backdrop to “Family Science Days” in the conference exhibit hall.

Lelavision were at the conference to perform a piece called “Accumulations of change”, which they had developed with David Lynn, an Emory University biochemist, as a way of representing the origins of life and evolution. During the actual performance, Lelavision dancer/gymnast Leah Mann was a little too busy balancing on a rotating DNA sculpture (see photo above left) to talk to me. Fortunately, I’d caught up with her earlier, when her sculptor/musician collaborator Ela Lamblin was laying down some patterns of sound to use in their performance. In the clip below, you’ll hear him in the background, making a “tink-tink” noise with the spheres shown in the photo above right.

Balancing act
An interview with Leah Mann.

And here’s what it sounded like when everything came together.

Patterns of sound
Ela Lamblin making molecular music.

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