Sounds of the Cosmos

Paul Crowther, Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy provides a contemporary overview of astronomy at the Sounds of the Cosmos event during the 2014 Festival of the Mind.


Sound of the Cosmos was a unique collaboration between Stewart Campbell from the Department of Music, Professor Paul Crowther and colleagues from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and creative partners, Human and Sheffield Rep Orchestra.

This Festival of the Mind 2014 project saw breath-taking performances in the Octagon of Gustav Holst's The Planets combined with stunning visuals of real-life space imagery.

The musical performances were interspersed with short talks sharing information, facts and figures about the incredible cosmos that surrounds us.

The music was wonderful.  It was really impressive and really complemented the facts that were being shared.

Audience member

Since Festival of the Mind, Sounds of the Cosmos has gone on to feature at Sheffield Doc/Fest and Latitude Festival, while the recoding of the original performance has received 50,000 views on iTunes U.

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