Music for the Cosmos:  An Exploration of Art & Physics

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

SLAC, Panofsky Auditorium

Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney will present the second in the Art Meets Science at SLAC Lecture Series, "Music for the Cosmos: An Exploration of Art & Physics" on April 23, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Panofsky Auditorium, to be followed by a reception. Registration is not required for SLAC employees; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. This lecture will be streamed live on our Facebook page a few minutes before the start time.


A visit to SLAC in October 2018 inspired Nitin Sawhney to create an original audio composition for two short visualization movies on the origins of the universe. At this presentation, he will discuss what inspires him compositionally from a philosophical, universal, theological, anthropological and scientific perspective. Nitin has always been interested in music as a language to explore many different subjects, and he has frequently described his musical journey as a passport to possibility. His strong interest in physics drew him to a collaboration with SLAC, where he was particularly enchanted, mesmerized and fascinated by the simulations of dark matter and ionizing gas. His talk will include the screening of the two short movies in 2D and a conversation with Risa Wechsler, Director, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.

About the Speaker

Nitin Sawhney is one the most distinctive and versatile musical voices around today, achieving an international reputation across every possible creative medium. With over 20 studio albums to his name, including solo albums, film and soundtracks and compilations along with over 50 film and gaming scores, he has received a substantial wealth of major national and international awards for the work, including the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Most recently Nitin completed the entire composition of Netflix/Warner’s ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ directed by Andy Serkis.