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David Vye, MWJ Editor
The Creative Mind: Engineers, Scientists and Music
Is there some connection between the musical arts and engineering?
A quick google search on "engineers and music" yielded an article from the University of Wisconsin "Engineering students find harmony between music and math". According to the article most of the students in the UW-Madison marching band are not music majors. "In fact, engineers constitute nearly one-fifth of the 330-member band, and the skills they display on the field carry over to the engineering campus, just beyond the stadium. "
There is at least one engineer in every instrument section. “The engineers I work with are always very bright, and they are often very athletic,” says Band Director Michael Leckrone. “These kids have a great work ethic, and they want what they do for recreation to be something meaningful.”
harmony... harmonic balance? and music. what would this produce via an internet search. Well it's on youtube of course. Harmonic Balance, the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWEnK12Yeis
Now engineers making music is quite different from songs with engineering themes in the title, but I thought tying the two together might ligitimize the odd journey my wandering mind had taken. Probably not. Anyway, if you find your mind adrift in a meeting, try taking this musical trivia challenge and let us know what you come up with.
Here's our list so far.
1. Tesla Girls by OMD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaAr60zmyik
2. Make a Circuit with me by Polecats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA4foTap-WQ
(note: this one has the most references to actual electronics)
3. Electric Avenue by Eddie Grant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA5MtAmT24g
4. Weird Scince by Oingo Boino http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_tVZFZ5PR4
5. She blinded me with science by Thomas Dolby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V83JR2IoI8k&feature=fvst
6. What's the Frequency Kenneth by REM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtxz4yV_-3g
7. Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths & Fatal Attraction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d48M8Njhnk
8. Radio Radio by Elvis Costello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j7JFP6ZOCI&feature=fvw
9. Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdpllAHo0ng
10. Radio Waves by Eli Young Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1_fawYy-48
11. The Microwave Song by The Softlightes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPNZkAgc2mQ
with Thanks to Pat Hindle and Barb Walsh