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The Dance of the Electrons and the Scientist

The first half of the piece takes a walk through the world of the electrons, as predicted by quantum theory. We use sound waves controlled by the electron energies to interpret the crystal, with echoes marking the passing high symmetry points. The second half of the piece moves the theory into the lab, imagining the growing of our superconducting crystal from sounds recorded by researchers inside a working lab.


James W. Furness, Samantha L. Shumlas (laboratory recordings). With thanks to Michael J. Zdilla and Adele Ruosi for invaluable feedback and support.