Monday, 10 March 2014

Science and Music: A Euphonic Harmony

Science and Art are often seen as two different worlds. But the truth is, they are rather complementary!

Leonardo da Vinci is known for his The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, but he also occasionally studied animals, the human body and nature's patterns and interpreted his observations through drawings. Our very own Jose Rizal did not only excel in ophthalmology and species discovery but also in the art of sculpture. His works even depicted animal and human forms.

There is a marriage that ties the two worlds. Zooming in, Music is one form of art that has close ties with Science. From the science-drawn inspirations by musicians to the technology used by them in communicating their artistry, the link between the two is inevitably strong. William Herschel, more popularly known as the discoverer of Uranus, for example, used symphonies in other musical pieces in teaching his scientific discoveries and expertise.

One paramount harmony of science and music perhaps is the utilization of sounds in order to elevate the feel of motion pictures, may it be depicting scientific principles (e.g. Star Trek), or not. Even tracing back the beginnings of film making, "silent films" feature not dialogues and conversations, not even monologues, but musical pieces to convey their feelings and messages.

Looking back, the two unlikely partnership for some people for some time has proved otherwise. Looking forward, with the continued advent of technology and continued flow of creativity and artistry in men, the euphonic harmony of Science and Music will just be getting stronger.

Emmy Borromeo

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