The Antimicrobial Avengers - Art by Jess Irving

Entwining Science and Music - Concert 3

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Wednesday 20th October 2021
Type: Music / Category: Department
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  • Admission: Free
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20 October, 1pm

Entwining Science and Music - Concert 3

Collie/D’Sa Fight of the Antimicrobials

Gibson/Williams A Picture of Transparency

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Fight of the Antimicrobials (7'11")

Composer: Brittany Collie, The University of Liverpool

Scientist: Dr Raechelle D’Sa, Senior Lecturer in Antimicrobial Biomaterials, The University of Liverpool

Fight of the Antimicrobials musically depicts the overarching theme of bacteria being everywhere. Throughout the piece we see the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria being shown through different motifs and these flourish throughout the work similarly to how bacteria can flourish throughout the body. A further key theme is that of antibiotics. However the listener soon learns that this is not as impactful as one may have hoped. Raechelle’s key studies and work investigates the use of Komodo Dragon’s blood and the biological make-up of shark skin as antimicrobial as a possible solutions to the problems caused by the overuse of antibiotics. The good versus evil opposition can be clearly heard throughout the piece as it dissonantly moves through the story.

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A Picture of Transparency (4'54")

Composer: Rachael Gibson, The University of Liverpool

Scientist: Professor Rachel Williams, Professor of Ophthalmic Bioengineering, The University of Liverpool

Rachel’s research revolves around the design and development of advanced materials to overcome vision loss. When Rachael and Rachel got together in the lab they dissected an eye to understand its components and how it processes light to produce vision. They also experimented with materials to show how their properties change as they are mixed. The music Rachael has composed was inspired by this material processing and represents the initial state where the material components are individual and dissociated followed by the middle section where the materials mix and swirl together and begin to react with each other and eventually as they combine to process a single gel with a softness and transparency the music becomes less free and is now more rhythmically and tonally stable. The electronics feature manipulations of improvised sounds conducted by both collaborators on the guitar.

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