LSO426 - Music and Astronomy: Exploring Rhythm and Harmony in the Cosmos

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Subject Title
Music and Astronomy: Exploring Rhythm and Harmony in the Cosmos

Subject Description
Does the solar system play a song? Can a star ring like a bell? What is the sound of Saturn's rings? There is a deep connection between music and astronomy that has fascinated scientists, philosophers, and artists for thousands of years and it continues to offer new insights into modern discoveries. In this course you will gain an applied understanding of sound and music and learn about the many rhythms and harmonies found among planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe itself. You will then use this knowledge to identify new musical relationships throughout the cosmos and compose your own music using real astronomical data.

Credit Status
One upper-level Liberal Studies Option credit in the Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the historical understanding of orbital motion to describe the scientific process.
  2. Apply the laws of orbital motion and the physics of waves to explain the behavior of solar systems and musical instruments.
  3. Discover musical relationships in a specific astronomical system to illustrate key elements of its structure or behavior.
  4. Analyze and process astronomical data using computer software to translate it into an audible form.
  5. Create an original piece of music that incorporates astronomical data to communicate rhythms and harmonies found in the universe.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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