Posted on 03/03/2015 by Marco Trovatello
A Capella Science featuring Planck
A while ago, Tim Blais aka A Capella Science knocked on our door, and I have to admit that until then I didn’t know his fantastic, 2.5 million views cover version of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, reworked to convey string theory (!) in a way never heard and seen before. Tim, a young canadian particle physicist, musician and creator of the A Capella Science video series on Youtube (“maybe the single most comprehensively nerdy endeavour ever conceived”) was looking for imagery of both ESA’s Planck and Rosetta missions which we were happy to provide.
Last night an email by Tim arrived, announcing he’s finished the first of his two new videos, namely on the Planck Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), and the BICEP2 experiment, this time parodying the Lion King title song ‘Circle of LIfe’. Science communication at its best. But see for yourself:
About ‘A Capella Science’:
A Capella Science is an online video project by Tim Blais, a physics master’s graduate and lifelong harmony junkie. After years of tension between his creative and academic side, Tim had a sudden realization of how these two aspects of himself could work together for awesome. Drawing inspiration from Weird Al, Bill Nye, Mike Tompkins and Vi Hart he created A Capella Science, which may be the single most comprehensively nerdy endeavour ever conceived. Tim’s science-parody creations are 100% originally recorded and made out of unaltered sounds from his mouth, throat and vocal cords. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/user/acapellascience)
About the author:
Marco Trovatello is the Strategy Advisor and Cross-Media Coordinator for ESA’s Communication Department. Follow him on Twitter at @marco_t.