ex/noise/cern ONe

Deerhoof
vs. the large hadron collider

30 August 2015

Video went live on 18 September 2015.

It's about noise: Get the high-resolution version here and watch it on the largest screen possible in a dark room with a pair of Grados.

 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

18 September 2015

http://home.cern/about/updates/2015/09/indie-band-deerhoof-experiment-sound-cern

Indie band Deerhoof experiment with sound at CERN

by Hailey Reissman

Deerhoof’s bassist Satomi Matsuzaki in SM-18 (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

Deerhoof’s bassist Satomi Matsuzaki in SM-18 (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

Last month, indie rockers Deerhoof battled with the noise of CERN’s magnet hall test facility, SM-18, in honour of the LHC’s ramp up to 13 TeV.

Deerhoof plays for Ex/Noise/CERN in SM-18 (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

Deerhoof plays for Ex/Noise/CERN in SM-18 (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

The band visited CERN at the invitation of ATLAS physicist James Beacham, whose project Ex/Noise/CERN collides experimental music artists with experimental particle physics. Deerhoof was invited to Ex/Noise/CERN to draw inspiration from CERN physics and create impromptu musical arrangements amongst CERN equipment -- in the facility where all of the LHC’s superconducting magnets were tested before being installed underground.

CERN’s Noemi Caraban with Deerhoof guitarist Ed Rodriguez in SM-18 (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

CERN’s Noemi Caraban with Deerhoof guitarist Ed Rodriguez in SM-18 (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

“Ex/Noise/CERN is about exploring the unknown,” says Beacham. “During Run 2 of the LHC, we’re not sure what we’ll find -- extra Higgs bosons, dark matter, cracks in the Standard Model -- and when we brought Deerhoof to CERN, we weren’t sure what they’d do in SM-18. But like the best scientists, they were curious, daring and embraced the unknown -- with spectacular results.”

The band Deerhoof at the ATLAS Experiment Visitor's Centre (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

The band Deerhoof at the ATLAS Experiment Visitor's Centre (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

As part of their time at CERN, the band visited The Synchrocyclotron, peeked in on the action in the ATLAS Experiment Control Room, and were interviewed by ATLAS physicists Tova Holmes and Larry Lee for their In Particular podcast. For the upcoming episode, the band members spoke about their experience -- what they learned about physics and how this sparked their day-long musical experimentation, next to the equipment that makes the science at CERN possible every day.

Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich with ATLAS physicist James Beacham (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich with ATLAS physicist James Beacham (Image: Marine Bass/CERN)

Check out this video of the very noisey experiment, available at exnoisecern.ch/film, put together with the help of many at CERN, including detailed attention from visual media team members Noemi Caraban, Yann Tadeusz Krajewsk, Piotr Traczyk, and Philippe More, with sound capture by Swiss audio engineer Serge Morattel.