John Williams - "Jurassic Park Theme (1000% Slower)"
Today Kids, in Music is Magic and Magic is Science so MUSIC is SCIENCE we bring you a truly epic and unbelievable moment. I think we all remember the first time we saw Jurassic Park, the original, with those giant electronic dinosaurs bringing to life all of our childhood memories. There was something magical about those animatronic beasts, but there was something even more magical happening all around it. The score. This score elevated score-making into a whole different art level. It at once cultivated the feeling of the film and also elevated it. It was breathtaking.
What I have for you today, is the knowledge that science is CRAZY! Music is just essentially harmonic vibrations played together in different lengths and intervals, but when you break it down that far you also see that the science behind music is crazy. Every note played has a series of harmonic undertones that you also hear when you hear it, and that helps the listener to to know what harmonies sound good or bad together, but what's crazy is that when you slow music down you can actually hear those harmonic overtones ... not only that, but you can hear how they fit into an over lapping layer upon layer of music.
The speed of the waves of each tone and overtone over lap just like math! So lets say that one notes wave is at speed 4, well it's overtones might be 8 and 2 and and 4 again an octave up, well a harmonic note might be 2 and it's harmonies would be 4 and 8 and 2 again an octave up ... so the sounds all end up overlapping in the frequencies and kind of pulsing with a shared sense of speed.
SO, if you slowed them all down by an equal ratio, they would STILL harmonize together. See? Science is MAGIC.
So today, with shock and awe, I choose John Williams' "Jurassic Park Them (1000% Slower)" as my, magic like miracles, pennies from heaven, open your heart, song for a, never lose your childlike sense of wonder, live spherically, wake up covered in ladybugs, Friday.
Just a bit about John Williams, because he's such a musical badass!
John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman: The Movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but three of his feature films. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island. Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. From 1980 to 1993, he served as the Boston Pops's principal conductor, and is currently the orchestra's laureate conductor.
Williams has won 23 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams composed the score for eight of the top twenty highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation)