The Amazing World of Frequency: From Bad Vibes to Good Vibrations

Coventry University

Richard Mainwaring teaches at Coventry University in England, and is a musician, composer, studio engineer, broadcaster, and the author of What the Ear Hears (and Doesn’t). Richard was commissioned to write an historic piece for the International Space Station, and his compositions can be heard on the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and Netflix. As a musician he has performed with The Phantom of the Opera, as well as a wide range of celebrities, including Hugh Laurie, Eartha Kitt, and Tom Odell. As a broadcaster he has presented over 50 films on the BBC’s “The ONE Show” and is a regular voice on BBC Radio Wales.



January 11, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Frequencies are all around us: from the rumbles of tsunamis to the vibrations of atoms that make Time itself. In this unique class, educator and musician Richard Mainwaring will lead us along an Infinite Piano of waves that wobble everything — from cat purrs to rainbows.

This fascinating exploration of vibrations will include stories such as: how World War 2 German bombers wreaked havoc on the English city of Coventry due to a musical mistake of three notes; why rats’ whiskers are tuned like the strings of a harp; and how levitation IS possible through the most unlikely sound source. Plus, we will learn how Autotune truly works!


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