Professors Scott Barton and David Ibbett to Perform in “Art of Polymers,” a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Polymer Science


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David Ibbett (piano/electronics) and Scott Barton (musical robots), will perform compositions by Barton, Bach, and Ibbett with cellist Minjin Chung. The event is produced in collaboration with scientists from the MONET Research Project: Dr. Stephen Craig and Patricia Johnson of Duke University, and Dr. Jeremiah Johnson of MIT.

The live virtual performance will take place on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. A trailer for the program can be seen here.

The Art of Polymers concert combines music and science in live performance. Biodegradable plastics, building materials that change color under stress, structures that flex and unlock rather than break: these are our hopes for the future of polymers. Together, scientists and musicians will explore these ideas in a concert mixing lecture with acoustic instruments (natural polymers) and musical robotics from the WPI Perception and Robotics Lab.

Ibbett has directed Multiverse since its inception, and has collaborated with researchers from an array of fields to create integrated compositions of music and science. Roboticist and composer Scott Barton directs the Music, Perception and Robotics Lab at WPI, and has created musical robots for a wide range of performances with instrumentalists, dancers and orchestras.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite with a suggested donation of $10 per household--free for students