Collision of Science and Music

Presented by ANU College of Science

Join us for a night where we explore the ways in which science and music intertwine.

Dr Georgia Pike (Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing), Dr Amelia Gulliver (Centre for Mental Health Research) and Dr Bonnie McConnell (School of Music) share stories and findings from projects at the cutting edge of music and wellbeing research. Georgia, an educator, singer and researcher, has been collaborating with Amelia, a mental health researcher, to evaluate the impact of a specialised social music intervention which aims to improve the wellbeing of aged-care residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Bonnie, a musician and ethnomusicologist, has been collaborating with mental health researchers in The Gambia, Africa, to assess the impact of social music making with mothers-to-be in local health centres.

Associate Professor Kim Cunio, Head of the School of Music, will also present a collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey and artist/engineer Diana Scarborough about a project that set the sounds of space as recorded in Antarctica and by external bodies such as NASA. The project involved setting sounds to music, both as acoustic works derived completely from source sounds and as part of larger compositions and led to a flow on work of setting the sounds of Antarctica to solo piano.

A networking session with drinks and canapes will be held after the presentations.