The Amazing World of Frequency: From Bad Vibes to Good Vibrations

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Duration 01:05:07

Monkton Combe School, England

Richard Mainwaring teaches at Monkton Combe School in England, and is a musician, composer, studio engineer, broadcaster, and the author of What the Ear Hears (and Doesn’t). Richard was commissioned to write an historic piece for the International Space Station, and his compositions can be heard on the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and Netflix. As a musician he has performed with The Phantom of the Opera, as well as a wide range of celebrities, including Hugh Laurie, Eartha Kitt, and Tom Odell. As a broadcaster he has presented over 50 films on the BBC’s “The ONE Show” and is a regular voice on BBC Radio Wales.



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Frequencies are all around us: from the rumbles of tsunamis to the vibrations of atoms that make Time itself. In this unique class, educator and musician Richard Mainwaring will lead us along an Infinite Piano of waves that wobble everything — from cat purrs to rainbows.

This fascinating exploration of vibrations will include stories such as: how World War 2 German bombers wreaked havoc on the English city of Coventry due to a musical mistake of three notes; why rats’ whiskers are tuned like the strings of a harp; and how levitation IS possible through the most unlikely sound source. Plus, we will learn how Autotune truly works!




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barbara ann.fields


Having a musical background helped keep me engaged until I was able to see the fascination in the study of sound. You speaking from the perspective of a musician and not a scientist ,made your talk relatable. Thank you….

1 year ago

Musical approach

A very interesting perspective on this topic, most enjoyable. Thank you!

1 year ago
Brendan Coffey

Engaging conversation

Really interesting and dovetailed nicely with the other one is listened to recently that talked about the light spectrum that Hubble telescope is listening into. I feel like I just learned a lot of about what we hear and why as well as what we never hear.

8 months ago
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