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Science & Art Cabaret 17.0: SIGNAL:NOISE

The Science and Art Cabaret is exactly what you might think it is. The event series is a collision of art and science, with different themes to test the mind and the imagination. The upcoming event is being held at The 9th Ward, inside Babeville. This particular event is based on everything that has to do withe sound and noise, pertaining to scientific theory along with artistic elements.

“In ‘Signal:Noise,’ we bring together scientists, musicians and composers to look at noise in all of its manifestations in an original and entertaining way,” says Science & Art Cabaret co-founder Will Kinney, a professor of physics at the University at Buffalo. “We will make music, make noise, dissect it, learn its limits, and most of all have a great time doing it.”

• Jaric Zola, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University at Buffalo, will discuss, “Signal of Life: DNA and Computers.”

• Bill Sack, musician and composer, will present on “Music at Noise, Noise as Music.”

• Kinney, UB professor of physics, will discuss, “Cosmic Noise and the Limit of Knowability.”

• A live performance by the Vorechestra will complete the evening.

“Noise is everywhere,” Kinney says regarding the theme of the night. “It’s a fact of life in science, and in art. Every measurement you make in real-world science contains random influences — noise — which needs to be dealt with in some way. This has broad relevance: for example, the margin of error in political polls is a form of statistical noise, as is graininess in photographs, or static on radio or television.

Every measurement you make in real-world science contains random influences — noise — which needs to be dealt with in some way.

“But noise, even in science, is a matter of perspective: what counts for one person as noise that should be removed might well count as a signal to be studied for another. The parallels to art are obvious, where the distinction between, for example, noise and music, is subjective, and a matter of interpretation.”

Science & Art Cabaret is sponsored by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and UB and the Buffalo Museum of Science. The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at The Ninth Ward @ Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.The event series is supported by the Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences. Cash bar. See Facebook event.

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