Samstag, 28. Juli 2007

ATP Reggae Sunsplash

Who on earth would write a song extolling the virtues of Adenosine Triphosphate? That wacky melodic-mnemonicist T.H. Culhane, of course. Since his time scatting with the Harvard Krokodiloes, when T.H. created a " Phocal" rap song for his Senior Thesis project called "Hoover: A Talking Seal? Get Outta Here!" T.H. has always been fascinated with the way polysyllabic scientific jargon lends itself to music. Melodic-Mnemonics was his way of making science fun in the inner city schools by putting a beat and a melody behind the textbook vocabulary to make it more... mnemonic!
This video was a summer celebration of the power of ATP, featuring a rock band from a high school in San Diego performing with teachers and kids from south central L.A., Beverly Hills High (where it was filmed) and a dancing gorilla... all powered by the conversion of ATP back to Adenosine DiPhosphate. Created in 1990 on 3/4 inch tape with primitive pixillated CG and recorded on a TASCAM four track cassette recorder, its lack of production value should not get in the way of taking home the message of the importance of the mitochondrial powerhouse that makes all life possible. Enjoy!

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