The physics of electromechanical Keyboards - an enabling technology for a modern art form

Guest Speaker

Thursday, 25th June 2020 (19:45 - 21:30)

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Abstract : "Jazz and blues, latin and gospel music have enriched contemporary culture and contributed to the marriage of disparate cultures as civilisations mix and mingle. Electromechanical organs such as the Hammond organ were invented to replicate the sound of a pipe organ, but ended up producing a new and different sound that in turn helped to birth gospel and rock. Electromechanical pianos such as the Rhodes piano were invented to replicate the sounds of the pianoforte, vibraphone and clavichord, but ended up deeply involved in the evolution of jazz and blues. There is a lot of interesting science in these instruments, and I hope that this peculiar talk with its mix of that science and the music it enabled will be enjoyable and thought provoking for all."

Speaker: Dr Ed Daw

Ed Daw is a professor in Physics at the University of Sheffield.

He's worked on many aspects of 'the Dark universe', including searches for two kinds of dark matter, axions and WIMPs, and the quest for direct detection of gravitational waves with the LIGO instruments, an effort which he joined in 1997.

He leads the University of Sheffield gravitational wave research group, which was a member of the team that announced the first and second direct detection's of gravitational waves from black hole binaries first discoveries were in 2015 (for black holes) and 2017 (for neutron stars)

Ed Daw

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