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A Smash Hit for Science : Physicists at the LHC rock on for a worthy cause

“Resonance: Music from the ATLAS experiment” features 19 bands (68 musicians) over two CDs of music from rock to classical, plus a DVD with footage of the recording sessions and interviews with some of the musicians. It is available as an electronic download from iTunes; you can preview the music at To date, sales of “Resonance: Music from the ATLAS experiment” have generated CHF 14,000 in profit, all of which has been donated to the charity Happy Children’s Home ( in Pokhara, Nepal to help build an orphanage.

Nick Barlow, a postdoctoral scientist for ATLAS with the University of Cambridge, plays 12-string guitar with “The TLA’s”, whose song “Point of Origin” is featured on the CD. Nick sees an important connection between music, physics and the LHC, especially for young people. “If people hear our music and it gets them interested in finding out more about what we do, about the ATLAS experiment, or just about science in general – that’s great,” he says. “We’re happy to spread the word. We’re also pleased that any success our CD has benefits the children at the Happy Children’s Home in Nepal.”

Indeed, it seems that all the scientist-musicians at CERN are enjoying a smash hit for science and for the orphanage at Pokhara. We wish them well!

Left to right:
Nick Barlow - Postdoctoral scientist for ATLAS, University of Cambridge / TLA’s

Paul Jackson - Postdoctoral scientist for ATLAS, University of SLAC / A.W.E.S.O.M.E

Christian Ohm - Graduate student for ATLAS, Stockholm University / A.W.E.S.O.M.E

Joe Izen - ATLAS physicist, University of Texas at Dallas / Squirrelheads in Gravy
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