But that clamor is music to John LaCava’s ears. “In the laboratory, if you pay close enough attention, you can hear a lot of interesting sounds and a lot of rhythms,” says LaCava, a research associate in Michael P. Rout’s cellular and structural biology lab at Rockefeller University. “I thought it would be interesting to get some of that recorded and turn it into music.” So with the help of professional music producers Dan Kramer and Nicole Jung, LaCava and coworkers at Rockefeller incorporated everyday lab noises into musical compositions. He says the idea to record the sounds came to him in a “eureka moment” when he was in the lab seated among a large jug of liquid being mixed with a magnetic stir bar, a water bath shaker, and a platform rocker.
by Linda Wang |
April 01, 2013