Last Friday The Hexagon Experiment – our six-part series of science-meets-music events – kicked off in space-age style with Sounds of the Cosmos. The event brought together pioneering women at the forefront of music, art and science for live music and conversation. Artist Jessica Mallard wrote us this blog about the evening…
In the tiny basement room of the Cluny, lit with the soft glow of fairy lights and LED signs, the panel discussion transported the audience into the realms of space, with Jodrell Bank’s Pulsar Hunter Sally Cooper, Sophie Allan of the National Space Academy, Megan Argo of the University of Central Lancashire and psych artist Jane Weaver.
Discussing everything from what a pulsar actually is (a celestial object, thought to be a rapidly rotating neutron star) – to how science and music interact, it’s fair to say that the discussion shed new and exciting light on subjects not often explored.
Popular music blog ‘A Gig a Month’ found the enthusiasm of the interviewer and panel “infectious” – “I learned loads in the first 15 minutes!”
One of the main topics of the evening was also gender – the pay gaps, the opportunity gaps and how these highly successful women overcame adversity in their fields. One audience member noted how refreshing this was – “I’m a scientist myself” she said, “and this is the first time I have ever seen an all-female panel… the first!”.
“It’s so important to support projects and initiatives like this – so many fields are dominated by white middle class males, I loved tonight and I will keep supporting events like this to work towards change!”, said one audience member.
After the last question had been answered and the final applause for the panel hummed throughout the venue, there was just enough time to refill drinks and await the psychedelic performance by Jane Weaver. After she glided across the stage in a star-studded dress, audience members called the set “Cosmic!” “Amazing” “Mind-blowing” and revelled in the opportunity to experience her music in such an intimate venue.
Such an astonishing evening of science, music and general ‘good vibes’ – as one audience member said – left everyone with a taste for curiosity. I for one can’t wait for the next five weeks…
Free tickets for the next five weeks of The Hexagon Experiment can be booked here.