song, 6 minutes, extract
Anna Salmane, Krišs Salmanis, Kristaps Pētersons, 2016
In “Song” we had identified lyrics as a major culprit in the decline of standards in contemporary choir music. To produce the lyrics for “Study”, we interviewed 12 international researchers from various sciences. At a time when even decisions of national importance are based on religious arguments or prejudice, we wanted to hear the opinion of those, whose discoveries construct informed knowledge about our world.
Then we edited the recordings leaving just the “thinking sounds” (ummm’s, eh’s, laughter, sighs etc.). These were arranged into a 6 minute song, each scientist performing in their own speaker.
Our humble thanks go to:
Andris Ambainis, Ph.D., quantum computing (LV)
Justin Bray, Ph.D., astrophysics, astronomy (AU/GB)
Stefano Camera, Ph.D., physics, astrophysics (IT)
Katrīna Ērenpreisa, Dr. habil. med., biomedicine (LV)
Vjačeslavs Kaščejevs, Ph.D., quantum physics (LV)
Jānis Liepiņš, Dr. biol., microbiology (LV)
Sue Lillis, Ph.D., molecular biology, genetics (GB)
Ingrīda Puriņa, Ph.D., aquatic ecology (LV)
Bryce Sadtler, Ph.D., physical chemistry (US)
Tarmo Soomere, Ph.D., cybernetics (EE)
Vincent C H Tong, Ph.D., geophysics (HK/GB)
Christian S. Wirkner, Ph.D., evolutionary biology (DE)
During the opening a special performance took place called "12 studies on the meaning of life". In it, the scientists' replies about the meaning of life were played over the loudspeakers while four musicians attempted to mirror the replies on their instruments.
Here is Study #8 – Sue Lillis, PhD.
From left to right:
Uģis Krišjānis – keyboards
Jēkabs Nīmanis – clarinet, saxophones
Ēriks Kiršfelds – electric cello
Kristaps Pētersons – double base, base guitar