Contributed by
"William E. Emba"
Opera, as in people singing and music playing, and not the
usual Latin for "works".
James Dashow has been scripting, composing, and recording
Archimedes, a "planetarium opera" for the past ten years.
It's to be an opera whose orchestral portion is to be 100%
computer generated. Individual scenes have been staged, and
DVD is available for some of them. Based on his outline of
what's completed so far, it seems to be nearing completion.
The plot is the biography of Archimedes. Mathematical
content is present, including the famous Eureka bathtub
scene.
Dashow is a leading electronic composer. He is also into
mathematics. One of his pieces is "First Tangent to the
Given Curve". I have no idea how the music could be said
to have "mathematical" content, above and beyond the usual
sense all music has mathematical content. Then again, I
know nothing about this piece beyond its title.
