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Where does beauty come from? Did we invent it, or was it always here - a property of the universe? At this moment, astronomers and particle physicists are drawing closer and closer to an explanation of our beginnings: how the universe transitioned from nothing into something. Perhaps, in the interaction of quantum chaos and physical laws, the seeds of beauty can be found.


In July 1837, Charles Darwin drew the first evolutionary tree in scientific history. Recently however, this idea has been challenged by research into horizontal gene transfer, and the ‘tree’ may now be more accurately described as an intricate ‘web’ of genetic relationships. What we know, beyond a doubt, is that DNA connects every living creature on earth. This music follows the evolution of the emotions that unfold as we become aware of this connectedness, and explores the joy that can be found there.


released May 12, 2017

All music composed by David Ibbett
Performed by pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek

Recording Engineer: Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions
Mixing Engineer: David Ibbett at Mix One Studios
Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Producers: David Ibbett and Sophia Vastek
Associate Producer: Bei Shen
Graphic Design: Brigid Cowdrey

© ℗ Music of Reality 2017

Thank you to John G. Cramer for his sonification of the Big Bang and the first 760,000 years of universe, heard in track 2 of Beauty from Nothing.

© John G. Cramer - 2013

Special thanks to our families, Joan Phalen, Jane Ibbett, John Titterington, Lin Schmale-Tate, Mary Edwards, Jim Shaffran, Taylor Hayward, Sonya Sutton, Muhammad Arif, Tim Pierrepont, Gary Davison, Bei Shen, Alyssa and Tristan Lawson, Bayard Brewin, Stefan Vastek, Brigid Cowdrey, and all our Indiegogo supporters.




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Music of Reality Boston, Massachusetts

Music of Reality is an interdisciplinary series founded on the idea that musicians, scientists, and other such creative minds should have a home in which to collaborate. They present events that explore a particular topic from multiple angles, so as to find points of convergence and new areas of discovery.

Founded and directed by Sophia Subbayya Vastek and David Ibbett.
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