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Music from Other Worlds
November 12, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Heather Spence (Marine Biologists and Composer) on “Underwater Sound Research:
Music of Marine Biology”
Cheryl Leonard (Composer and Instrument Builder) on “Phantom Limbs: Composing Music Amidst the Sixth Extinction”
The LASERs are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, thinkers, inventors, and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts for informal presentations and conversation with the audience. Chaired by Piero Scaruffi. Visit www.lasertalks.com for more details.
Heather Spence is a marine biologist and sound artist who combines science and art to harmonize human-environment interactions. She has taught courses on animal behavior, behavioral neuroendocrinology, sensation and perception, personality, etc. Her Passive Acoustic Monitoring research program on the MesoAmerican Reef is featured in National Geographic’s television program “When Sharks Attack”, and is explored in her composition for viola da gamba trio, Vale la Pena?. She composes music inspired by, and inspiring, conservation and performs internationally as a cellist and gambist. She currently advises on science and acoustics at the US Department of Energy and is co-leader of the transdisciplinary Ocean Memory Project/
Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder whose works investigate sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her projects cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments, and feature one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments and field recordings from remote locales. She uses microphones to explore aural worlds within her sound sources, and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices she discovers. Her recent projects focus on climate change and extinction of species.