VA-day 2005 on science and media

Erika Ingvald, freelance science journalist

Murmuring ripples through the packed auditorium of Studio 2, Radiohuset inStockholm. It is November, and the theme for the fourth VA-day is science and media.

Suddenly the lights go down and there is silence. The spotlight focuses on a man who comes in and places himself at the keyboard of an enormous organ. Music suddenly breaks out, filling the hall with a chromatic and rhetorical collage of pieces from 17th century Europe.

After the applause we meet the musician, Hans Davidsson, artistic director and Professor of Organ at Gothenburg University and Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York State.

Camilla Kvartoft, programme leader for Swedish Radio´s morning news programme P1 Morgon and the discussion leader for the day, asks Hans Davidsson what organ music has to do with science.

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