The links between music and mathematics can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, but how much do we recognise the patterns as we listen to our favourite tunes? 

We're being joined by Dr Elaine Chew, who will be delving into the geometry of musical sounds, and how performers and composers manipulate them to generate or violate expectations. Elaine has been working at the interplay of digital media and music to research how a machine, standing on the shoulders of the composer giants, copies rhythms and aspects of tonal expectation to make refreshing and convincing new music. She has been using this research to then turn to human physiology. 

This mesmerising talk will take us on a mystery tour of the heart with Elaine showing us the beauty in the abnormal. She will show us how she takes the rhythms stolen from the electrical activity of abnormal heartbeats to produce natural-sounding music.

How about that for some #wondermore?

As well as this awe inspiring, wonder more talk, we'll be doing our usual: mass singalongs to some of our favourite power ballads, an awesome spoken word artist, hearing a story from a member of our community and drinking a vat of tea afterwards! 

We're excited to see you there!

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Accessible Parking:
Conway Hall have let us know that there is one accessible parking spot in Red Lion Square, but it is frequently in use. However, parking is free and unrestricted on Sundays outside Conway Hall.

April 15, 2018 at 11am–12:15pm at Conway Hall

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Kelly Gunnell Enora Thépaut Dawn Horváth Alex Murtough Alexandra Popa Stephen Johnston Lisa C Maurice Hutchinson Rima Garsys Trevor Huntting Sophie Dallimore Andrea Pisa Julie Rush Chris Smith Daniel Hatfeild Hannah Basham Melissa Gillespie Nicola Bridge Persephone Pickering Dominique Brady Henrietta Foster Laura Schlepper Stephen Rice Ulla Grohn Jessica Harvey-Smith Mèv Bertrand Lux Stillness Maini Kukkonen Emma Williams Karolina Peszko Nicky Freedman Iggy Willats Francis Irving Angelina Sugiura Chris Dunbar Kelly Madigan Jordan Poulton anne symons Chris Dunbar Annie Norman Stephanie Allen Claire Fischer Hanna Finn Josie Stewart Eleonore Reimer Chloe Romano Kate Jackson Dylan Williams