Isotone tells story of chemistry through music

Isotone brought their musical talents and chemical background to showcase how spectacular chemistry can be when mixed with music.

The ensemble filled the Martin Center Powell Recital Hall, on Monday, Feb. 6, with a collection of pieces from New York composer Larry Spivack. Spivack played percussion, being accompanied by Scott Eddlemon. Sean Hawthorne, assistant professor in the Department of Music, performed on the cello, joined by Susan Eddlemon on violin and Adam Schneider on guitar.

The pieces performed were in celebration of Eastman Chemical Company’s latest scientific accomplishments. A number of instruments were introduced to the audience, including the patented “Cymbal Guy.” This instrument allows for the performer to play the cymbals by utilizing a kickstand clashing the cymbals together.

The pieces Spivack composed allowed the audience to understand how chemistry works through musical storytelling. Pieces such as “Spallation Quartet” and “High Flux Isotope Reactor” as well as “Sodium Iodide,” which was performed by New York’s true Outcomes, all combined science and music.

“Isotone has a double meaning of importance to musicians and scientists. Isotone means a single tone. Isotone also refers to any of the nuclides that have the same number of neutrons but different numbers of protons,” said Hawthorne in a press release from ETSU.

The performance included an interactive portion for audience members. During the show, clappers were given to audience members for the last piece of the night “High Flux Isotope Reactor,” to demonstrate the way a high flux isotope reactor functions.

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