Sonic the Hadron

Brilliantly odd event lends itself to puntastic headline

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What do a north African remake of Purple Rain, a picnic in the desert and the Hadron Collider (pictured) have in common? All feature at UoB's Arts and Science Festival, which this year explores memory and forgetting, through free exhibitions, performances and screenings. The pick of the busy bunch arrives in the form of a collaboration including Switzerland's CERN and the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research - which absolutely did not gain its title based on the acronym it creates. The pairing will present a performance involving the sonification of data streams from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most complex particle accelerator. Experimental data will be the raw material for improvised music and visualisations programmed by the ensemble. BEER: Dark Matter is a happenin' on March 17 at BOM. Nomad is of course involved, and you should expect a physics-inspired menu (we have no idea what you should expect).

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