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"I'm not very good at, uh, singing songs, but, uh, here's... here's a try..."

Symphony of Science is a Web Original series of music videos created by John Boswell ("melodysheep"). Most of the videos consist of autotuned quotes from Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, along with quotes from other scientists who vary with each video.

To date there are twenty one songs in the series:

High quality originals of all videos can be downloaded from the project's website.

Tropes used in this series

  • Auto-Tune: A shining example at that.
  • Eldritch Abomination: "Monsters of the Cosmos" portrays black holes as this.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Timelapse of the Entire Universe".
  • Flame War / G.I.F.T.: The videos, being uploaded on YouTube, tend to draw the worst kinds of The Fundamentalist Troll who try to turn the videos' comment sections into 'religion vs. atheism' flame wars. They tend to be the Vocal Minority, however.
  • Humans Are Special: Particularly in "Children of Africa":
    "These beings, with soaring imagination
    Eventually flung themselves and their machines
    into interplanetary space..."
    • And of course, Carl Sagan's "We are a way for the cosmos to know itself".
  • Loads and Loads of Characters:
    • The Poetry of Reality, which has more singers than the previous four songs combined. The recent songs tend to have more and more different singers compared to the early ones.
    • Timelapse of the Future has the most speakers of any video.
  • Measuring the Marigolds: Hugely inverted.
    "The beauty of a living thing
    is not the atoms that go into it
    but the way those atoms are put together.."
    • From the same song, Feynman's "But you've gotta stop and think about it, about the the complexity, to really get the pleasure."
  • Science Hero: Every scientist featured.
  • Schedule Slip: The first five songs were released at a rate of about one a month, but this has slowed down considerably with five months between songs six and seven. This is due to the fact that John is now making a point of gaining permission from copyright holders before uploading. It's quickened with the eighth song again.
  • The Universe Is Just Awesome: Damn right!
  • Voice Clip Song


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