The Music of David Salminen

Archive for August, 2012

The Exploits of the Incomparable Higgs Boson

An exciting scientific announcement July 4, 2012, out of the CERN scientific facility in Geneva, Switzerland has brought fame, if not fortune, to our most incomparable worker for the masses, i.e. the Higgs Boson. In order to facilitate a creative contemplation of the significance of this scientific breakthrough, I am presenting an admission-free program of cosmic piano improvisations on Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 3 p.m. – at Sherman Clay Pianos on 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, Oregon, USA 97209. In respect of some of the early work leading up to this recent accomplishment, I am dedicating the concert to the now famous Peter Higgs, who along with other contributors decades ago theorized the existence of the boson that is now named after him, and also to the memory of Satyendra Nath Bose, whose name is immortalized by the term “boson” but whose contributions are largely forgotten (except among physicists, of course).

This free concert (donations to support my artistic project are welcome) will be preceeded with a short digression into the history of the discovery of the Higgs boson and what it means or could mean, both in terms of scientific and philosophical speculation. Image Of course, there have already been many articles written about this discovery, as a simple web search will demonstrate – how it came about, where the science is going next, and even about what it means to the rest of us! Fun reading, and many cosmic repercussions!

This “boson” concert – musical investigations, if you will – aspires to be a worthy part of the artistic evolution that our increasingly technologized culture sorely needs in order to nurture and maintain a healthy, balanced, and resilient future civilization.

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