Geek festival brings music without the mud

What could be geekier than a geek-themed arts and music festival? Why, of course, a geek-them arts and music festival held online.

That — and a concern for environmental matters — is the logic behind Geek Pop, an annual internet “festival” about to take place for the third time. The concept is to celebrate performers who deal with science based issues in their artistic work, with the official slogan being “Be there *and* be square.”

Originally a single “stage”, this year’s event will feature five diverse stages:

  • the Tetrahedron (“the very best music from the sci-pop scene”);
  • the Reproductive Stage (for rock, acoustic and alternative music with a science connection);
  • the Tesla Tent (electro and ambient music);
  • the Experimental Stage (“where artists go to really unleash their inner geeks”); and
  • the Comical Flask (home to science-themed stand-up comedy).

I must admit to not being familiar with many of the performers this year, but with band names including Professor Science, Radium 99 and Dr Stu and the Neutron Stars, it’s pretty clear the theme has been adhered to. One band, On Rails, has created a particularly geeky track especially for the festival:

“Sine Language explores natural tunings and harmonics by cycling seven sine waves in varying time frames. It starts slowly as each harmonic is added and gradually the waves are cycled quicker and quicker until they play a rhythmic pattern. Then they are manipulated in pitch giving a JS Bach organ effect by the end.”

There’s also a Green Room (housing interviews with the performers) and a bar (which, sadly, is simply a comments page and a link to the official Facebook page.)

This year’s festival begins on March 12, coinciding with Britain’s National Science and Engineering Week. As a virtual festival, all the performances will be available for free download.

There will also be highlights available on the GeekPop iTunes podcast which, for the rest of the year, brings together individual tracks with a science theme, from Elton John’s Rocket Man to Polly Scattergood’s Nitrogen Pink


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