Sax and Cicadas

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David Rothenberg performs a special concert on the theme of our current exhibition, OSCILLATOR. David, accompanied by his trusty saxophone, will be joined by any singing insects he can find on the day for a very special and unique performance.  From singing insects to booming whales and humming synthesizers, from the acoustic to the electronic and back, from the greatest oscillation in the animal world, the cycle of the 17 year cicada, to the whirring frequencies that generate single pitches and tones…

About David:

David Rothenberg is a Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and author, with a special interest in animal sounds as music. His latest book Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution dives into the idea of how art is shaped by animals and by us. Rothenberg is currently working on a book all about music and insects to be published in 2013.

David previously joined us last year in the Science Gallery, along with Aoife McLysaght, to talk all about beauty and genetics. The full talk can be viewed below.


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