Creativity, collaboration, communication — the music-science interface

Chris Wagoner: Professional jazz violinist, teacher, and composer Paul Hanson: Ecosystems ecologist, modeler, and composer

About the collaboration:  Music pervades our society, recounts our history, represents our condition, and drives our mood.  Music is a vehicle through which we express our ideas and tell our stories. The Art of Science seeks to grow scientific creativity, foster diverse collaborations, and communicate the messages of science through music.

(See article in Madison’s ISTHMUS newspaper)

About the music:  We encourage you to get involved, contribute, or just listen to the music.  All pieces are original compositions.  Proceeds from purchases go to The Art of Science, Music Edition, a fund administered by the UW Center for Limnology.

The Music

paulchanson12Azul Lago (2014)

The word order in the title, Azul Lago, suggests a human element to the song – blue, as in a lake – a metaphor for what we see in another’s eyes. For me, it also speaks of the lost opportunity when someone close to us leav...More

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chriswagoner2Azul Lago (2016)

The word order in the title, Azul Lago, suggests a human element to the song – blue, as in a lake – a metaphor for what we see in another’s eyes. For me, it also speaks of the lost opportunity when someone close to us leav...More

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Chris WagonerOpen Road

Copyright Paul C Hanson and Chris Wagoner 2014 Lyrics and melody by Paul C. Hanson Arrangement by Chris Wagoner Musicians: Chris Wagoner (violin), Mary Gaines (bass), Doug Brown (guitar), Erik Radloff (drums) Sound engineer: J...More

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sotrueSo True

My cousin Kara and I were meeting at our family reunion in the summer of 2014 – she was driving from Minnesota and I from southern Wisconsin. Kara’s mother, Randvig, and my mother, Donna, who was still alive at the time, are...More

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chriswagonerFalling Creek

There are certain places you visit while traveling that capture your imagination and exert a lasting spell. These places fascinate us, compel us to think broadly beyond our own limitations, and provide an aura of magic that transc...More

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KaraSquareMeet Me

Written by Kara on an early morning trip through the western Wisconsin coulee country, heading for the annual family rendezvous. Pigeon Falls was her destination, the birthplace of our parents and where they grew up, grew their mu...More

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TurnAroundTurn Around

Turn Around, the title track of this collection, epitomizes musical creativity, and in some ways, the science-music interface and the collaborative process. It typifies the routine Chris and I go through in developing a piece. I...More

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