Cap’n Jazz – We Are Scientists (<1998)
|“now my tongue has tangled me toothless. and we don’t have a thought between us. in this one light room in this neon museum the walls itch in closer.”|
Mose Allison – Your Molecular Structure (1968)
|“Your molecular structure is really somethin’ swell,/ A high-frequency modulated jezebel,/ Thermodynamically you’re gettin’ to me,/ Your molecular structure baby, ooh wee!”|
Mastodon – Megalodon (2004)
From molecular biology to paleontology:
|“Myth or legend/ Nymph tale washed ashore/ Near the kraken sleepeth stirs coral and bone/ Infinite city/ No sexy sneer/ Hideous creation/ Human and animal”|
Boards of Canada – Music Is Math (????)
|“the past inside the present.
The nice thing about electronic music: these are the full lyrics! Nice, even I can remember that.
Kate Bush – “π” (2005) and Cloudbusting (1985)
Everybody knows the number Pi, but cloudbusters are less well known. It is a device designed by Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich that could – according to the pseudoscientific principles of orgone theory – manipulate orgone energy present in the atmosphere in order to produce rain. Kate Bush’s song ‘Cloudbusting‘ is based on the autobiography of Reich’s son.
Geek test: Did you notice that she only gets the first 53 decimal places right?
|“I still dream of Orgonon.
I wake up cryin’.
You’re making rain,
And you’re just in reach,
When you and sleep escape me.”
Look up the tag mixed tape for a list of all science-themed music collections at Scientific B-sides.
PS: Kate Bush’s Pi is also part of a collection of best songs about mathematics I just found.