Neuron Culture

From “Bye-bye blackboard … from Einstein and others,” an exhibit at the Museum of the HIstory of Science in Oxford.


‘I wrote the music on this blackboard while I was giving a lecture about Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Holywell Music Room on 22nd March this year, before performing them. I was trying to make a connection between Bach’s super-sensitivity to the contemporary styles around him ? very very acute in this piece ? and today’s musicians. There’s a lot of information in the Goldbergs ? structure, harmony, a ladder of canons ? and coded information we can only guess at ? myths, cosmological allegories, and a soulful journey. It all starts with the bass line.’

Joanna MacGregor

Unfortunately, MacGregor, who is a sort of Brian Eno of the British classical scene (indeed; she has collaborated with him), has not recorded the Goldberg Variations — though she does have a nice recording of Bach’s French Suites.

The blackboard exhibit is definitely worth a visit, as is the larger Museum of the History of Science website, which I hope to revisit here (and visit in person as well).


  1. #1 Mo
    November 5, 2008

    I visited the museum last month, and got a few nice photographs while I was there.

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