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I am disappointed as well as the Scientists with the news that the LHC is to close for modifications for a year at the end of 2011.  It is to address design issues.  Joints between the machines magnets must be strengthened to cope with the 14Tev the higher operating state.  As a musician and composer, this affects directly my ‘ inspiration source’ for the work that I am currently producing.  This is the exploration and interpretation of  particle collisions and fields through Music.  So far, I have been able to examine with two tracks, the effects of Fields and collisions.  I find want to interpret the collision and the resulting spin.  In a lecture at the Darlington Astronomy club the other day, it was said that some Gamma Ray particles have the equivalent energy of a tennis ball travelling at 100mph!  Imagine one sub-atomic particle having that much power/kick!  How can I replicate that with Music?  I have some idea’s.  I work out the idea’s sometimes a bit graphically, or imagine what the equivalent in music would be say-a spinning particle would have a known frequency or pitch.  Though the spinning particle might have a far higher frequency of spin than can be replicated by a note, you can down size the frequency and using a representative note-frequency, approximate all other spins to their relative frequencies.  Fields might be represented by held chords and so on…..further using Synths and orchestral arrangements etc to create the piece.  I hope this gives a little insight into the methods used at times for inspiration…..



Large Hadron Collider at work!

by Paul on December 14, 2009

in General, Science


The LHC is hard at work and performing well.  Today, two beams were rotated and smashed with a number of good collisions recorded at 2.36 TEV.  Thats high, yet we will see collisions in the future of more than 7 TEV.  All collisions are recorded and computerized and then analyzed for future consideration as prospective candidates for having human analysis performed on them!  Lets hope the Higgs-Boson shows its ugly head!    Carry on the good work!


No Black Hole?

by Paul on December 2, 2009

in Science

Hi All,

Since the successful start-up of the Large Hadron Collider there have been the odd spurious particle collisions.  This has not immediately led to the ‘black hole’ scenario so far.  However we have some way to go till there are full on particle collisions thus proving/disproving the black hole theory.  Hopefully in a short while, we will be up to the full power mode where proton collisions are the norm.  Then and only then will there be potential power to physically prove the generation of a black hole, and then it will probably shudder and die quickly.

With the full power mode of the LHC comes a new area of Physics-we wait with baited breath for the results!


LHC-large Hadron Collider….

by Paul on November 26, 2009

in General, Science

Hi All,

Great news-the LHC has started back up and is smashing Protons-even though it is at low energy.  It proves the great Detectors work and the whole machine is basically functional withe beams traveling in opposite directions.  At these low energies, we wont get exotic particles like the  proposed higgs-Boson, until the great machine is ramped up gradually to the final operating voltage.  However the last few days have been great days for Physics!

The energies will be ramped up in stages to achieve a final operating voltage, where we can begin to expect collisions that produce the particles we would expect to see just a few milliseconds after the big-bang!  When this is achieved,  hope to produce rare particles that exist for only a fraction of a second, and that produce that elusive so called God particle!

This particle the Higgs-Boson, is supposed to be related to gravity-the great unknown force in the Universe.  Once this is discovered/proved, then they may be able to understand how matter is ‘held together’ in a manner so elusive.  Currently they think this may be in an all pervasive field throughout the whole Universe!    Lets look forward to the future and all it contains………..

Personally, I am exploring some of these topics through music which you can access through this site…..


The LHC is working very smoothly so far, and beams are now circulating the mammoth circle, ready to find the ‘GOD Particle’…the latest from the LHC page is:..

The LHC operations teams are preparing the machine for circulating beams and things are going very smoothly. ALICE and LHCb are getting used to observing particle tracks coming from the LHC beams. During the weekend of 7-8 November, CMS also  saw its first signals from beams dumped just upstream of  the experiment cavern….

Here’s looking out for the Higgs-Boson…the one that may describe the ‘field’ to all things...well not maybe everything!?

I am thinking of how I can compose something to it with Electronic sounds!!!!????

Cheers to the team!



LHC (Large Hadron Collider) goes live mid Nov

by Paul on September 28, 2009

in General

Hi All,

The LHC comes online to search the infinitely small (well Nearly!) particle Universe down to unheard of levels.  This will reveal secrets about the construction of the sub atomic strata of the ‘ether’.  When I use construction, I mean it in the sense of order and pattern.  To me the deeper I go into this Universe, the more I find it difficult to engage with the thinking of just chance.  The strange construction and order at these levels, and their almost unbelievable  stability lead me further into the belief of a hand at work way beyond the scope of our understanding.  I would one day love to investigate musically the idea’s that man is discovering holds the Universe together with such force so that Earth’s inhabitants are ‘safe’.  I know composer’s of past, have tried, and come up with interesting idea’s.

Are there any other musicians/composers etc who are interested in similar ventures out there?

I wonder how the ‘God Particle’ came to be so named-was it only the slim connection that it might hold things together i.e.. Gravity-It’s a loose connection I think?  However it will be interesting to see whether the gravity particle can be found?

Here’s looking forward…..

See/hear also album ‘Cosmic Renditions’ at myspace.com/paulstokes for a more musical investigation of  other worlds etc……

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