New Science Song: Brownian Emotion
Brownian Emotion, a particle physics love song
I'm excited to release my second single, Brownian Emotion. I wrote this song back in Oct 2020 after a friend came up with the title. I instantly fell in love with the idea of two people bumping into each other at parties, but never really connecting.
The Past Two Years
The pandemic has been hard for everyone. The massive loss of loved ones, of security, of hope has caused every one of us to re-evaluate our values and what we want out of our lives. For me, the journey of self discovery has brought me back to music. And it is with feelings of grounding and radiance that I have decided to dedicate more of my time to it, at least for a little while.
In 2020, I started writing non-science songs to cope with the changing world. I wrote songs about change, questioning why I am here, and the injustices surrounding Black Lives Matter (to be recorded). At the beginning of 2021, I started learning recording and music production. This led to the release of my first single, n = 2, in February 2021. That experience was so fun and humbling because I learned how much there was to learn about music. I began taking online classes at Berklee College of Music in music production, arrangement, and singing. I've transitioned into more electronic music, fully producing, singing, and writing. Some of my favorites include Wish, Disguise, and Simple. My anthology can be found here: https://evolvingoctopus.com/music/
In October 2021, I was accepted into an online music program called the Los Angeles Academy for Artists and Music Production. In addition to weekly classes from world-class mentors, the core of the program is getting grouped with artists, songwriters, and producers to write a full song every week. It's been a fun ride so far and expending my mind to what's possible.
Learnings & Tips
Turns out Apple's Keynote is a pretty versatile animation platform. The "Brownian Emotion" video was made via transition and action on slides, exported into movie format (Export -> Movie) and assembled in iMovie.
I'm in love with Output's Arcade software for diverse and playable production samples. I used this for Week 2 production projects.
In reading Daniel Pink's "When", he talks about how there's a pattern for most people where energy peaks in the morning from 9am-1pm, then drops in the afternoon (around 2-3pm), then slowly increases back into the evening, peaking even higher than the morning around 9-10pm. Early birds and night owls shift these times, but the pattern is the same. He recommends structuring your day with analytical tasks in the morning, administrative tasks in the afternoon, and creative tasks in the evening. I've been following this and really loving the energy I have late night for writing and recording. He also recommends 25 min naps during the afternoon slump.
I've been livestreaming an axolotl tank on an old iPad, and they have brought so much joy to my life!
Would love feedback on what songs resonated with you or suggests for the future. I'm rapidly learning and any tip would be helpful. If you enjoyed "Brownian Emotion", please share it with your friends!
That's all for now.