NEA: What do you see as the connection between art and science?Head on over to the official blog of the National Endowment for the Arts (above link) to read more of an interview I conducted with musician/composer/writer Michael Hearst.
HEARST: On a fundamental level, music is science—the way musical instruments and acoustics work: harmonics, wave-lengths, etc. But for me, they really just happen to be two big interests of mine. In the past, I’ve also made connection between art and literature with One Ring Zero’s As Smart As We Are. And art and food with The Recipe Project. Ultimately, I find that just about any subject can inspire art. And, in fact, I prefer to bounce around from subject to subject. But certainly science has been a big inspiration for me for at least the last couple albums. It feels exciting and fresh, and often magical, and so much of science is about continuing to learn beyond what we already know. There’s a whole world of unknown scientific information out there, and that unknown is inspiration in itself.