You may remember us running a songwriting competition over the summer a couple of years ago. We had some unbelievably good entries and crowned a worthy winner in comic book illustrator Naomi Fearn, who went on to join the line-up for the Geek Pop 2011 festival.
Well, the songwriting competition is back, but this time we’re working in collaboration with friend, sociable physicist, fellow podcaster and star of Geek Pop festivals past, Dr Martin Austwick. And we’re on the hunt for the science songwriters of the future – you have to be 18 or under to take part. (Sorry, everyone else!*)
The prizes are going to be bigger and better than before. Thanks to our links with Green Man Festival, we’re able to offer two free tickets for the festival this August. The winner (accompanied by a guardian) will get to join a special science songwriting workshop in Einstein’s Garden, the tippest, toppest, artsiest science garden you ever did come across at a music festival… And most probably anywhere else.
And if that’s not enough, we’ll play the winning song on the Geek Pop Podcast. Fame and fortune await!
Songs can be based on any scientific topic, but there will be a bonus prize for songs about “sociable physics” – that’s the Dr’s specialist area and he’ll be explaining more about it when we announce full details in the next week or so. For now though, get writing… You have about two months to put together your science songs! For inspiration, check out our archives of songs from the podcast and festival.
*If you have a science song you’d like us to hear and you’re over 18, why not send it in for us to play on our podcast?
Inspired by some Barenaked Ladies lyrics, Hayley presents her top five crazy theories for dinosaur extinction. And Jim does some back-of-an-envelope calculations in an attempt at answering the question posed by Oxford popsters Alphabet Backwards: “If we all threw an ice cube in the sea, could we save the polar bears?”
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