Musical soundscape sets the scene

A musical soundscape was especially composed to accompany the Vice-Chancellor’s recent lecture on Bristol, science and Brunel.

Bristol has been chosen as one of six ‘Science Cites’ in the UK, and in his lecture Professor Eric Thomas asked: ‘What would Brunel have thought?’

The four-minute piece composed by Bristol graduate Jean Hasse (MA 2006) aimed to set the scene for the talk. Jean teaches composition in the Music Department and composes for various media as well as concert music.

Jean said: ‘It was played just before the lecture and combines original music along with sounds reminiscent of Brunel's time: a steam train, ship's horn and hammering. Morse code signals end the piece, referring to the Great Eastern steamship's achievement of laying the first successful transatlantic cable.’

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Music Copyright Visible Music. Steam engine sound Copyright 1994 BBC Enterprises (BBC CD 867).

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