ROTFL: Higgs boson inspires creative rush in music
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ROTFL: Higgs boson inspires creative rush in music

A decades-long quest for the elusive Higgs boson has sparked a creative musical spin, with compositions ranging from a-capella and rap to a hypnotic symphony. A Canadian student has notched over 60,000 YouTube views with Rolling in the Higgs

india Updated: Aug 28, 2012 16:57 IST
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A decades-long quest for the elusive Higgs boson has sparked a creative musical spin, with compositions ranging from a-capella and rap to a hypnotic symphony.

Tim Blais, a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, has notched 7,000 YouTube views in five days with "Rolling in the Higgs," a parody of Rolling in The Deep by British soul diva Adele.

"There's a collider under Geneva, reaching new energies that we've never achieved before," croons the clean-faced, bespectacled youngster.

"Finally we can see with this machine a brand new data peak of 125 GeV," go the lyrics, possibly the only time that gigaelectronvolts (GeV) -- a unit of mass -- have ever featured in a song.

The percussion sounds that Blais makes in the video come from his lips or throat, and the backup singers are all him, across high and low ranges.

Blais, a self-described "harmony addict working on a master's in theoretical physics", said it took him about 60 hours to finish the project.

"I'm kind of amazed by the feedback," Blais told AFP.

"One student from Spain told me his supervisor called my video 'The only good thing to come out of the Higgs discovery so far'. I'm flattered."

The video got a great response

* As a fellow physicist I can say: Just plain brilliant. Thanks a lot. I've been on youtube for 5 years with varios accounts and never commented on any of the videos I watched. Now I just had to, it's that good.

If you ever happen to come by Innsbruck, Austria, let me know. We have Gordon Freeman!


* Thanx for making this. Loved watching it.


* LOVE... LOVE... LOVE... LOVE this!!! THANKS for sharing your BRILLIANCE with the world!!! :))<3<3<3

Marcia Higgs

* Why has this not had more than a million views yet?


Blais' unusual success follows the Large Hadron Rap, which has notched up 7.4 million views since it was posted in July 2008.

The rap is the brainchild of Kate McAlpine, a Michigan State University grad on assignment to CERN, as the European Organisation for Nuclear Research is called.

Popularity on Youtube

* thank you for making this! :-)


* i don't like rap... but this is one of the few exemptions


* This is cool


Tell us what you think of the compositions

Meanwhile, Domenico Vicinanza at the DANTE technology research company in Edinburgh has notched up a hit by setting the Higgs data to music through a "sonification" algorithm.

To the outsider, it bears a resemblance to gamelan, the Indonesian music of tuned percussion instruments.

The Higgs, dubbed the 'God particle', is believed to confer mass on matter.

Last month, scientists announced they had found a boson with Higgs-like characteristics, and work at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is ongoing to confirm its identity.

First Published: Aug 27, 2012 11:51 IST