August 18, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Wednesday, August 25 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents Neuroscientist David Sulzer with "Music, Math, and Mind," FREE!

Secret Science Club presents brain researcher, musician, and author David Sulzer on Music, Math, and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music

Join us live via Zoom on Wednesday, August 25 (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

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At the next Secret Science Club, neuroscientist and co-founder of the Thai Elephant Orchestra David Sulzer artfully investigates the science behind music, hearing, and sound. He asks:

--How are emotions carried by music?
--Why are there musical scales?
--What does it mean when something is out-of-tune?
--Do other animals hear differently than we do?
--Why are sounds different from each other, and how do we know it?

Before & After

--Mix up our finely tuned cocktail of the night, the Vibrato… (recipe below!)
--Groove to wild instrumentals
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of David Sulzer’s new book, Music, Math, and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music here. Use code CUP20 for 20% off when you order on the Columbia University Press website.

David Sulzer is a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pharmacology at Columbia University Medical Center. His laboratory has made important contributions to the study of brain mechanisms involved in autism, Parkinson’s disease, drug addiction, and learning and memory. He is also a composer and performer under the name Dave Soldier and has worked with many major figures in the classical, jazz, and pop worlds, appearing on over 100 records. Some of his projects bridge music and neuroscience, including the Thai Elephant Orchestra, an orchestra of fourteen elephants in northern Thailand, and the Brainwave Music Project, which uses EEGs of brain activity to create compositions.

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Cocktail Recipe for the “Vibrato 2021” (created by Dale DeGroff, James Beard award winning Mixologist and author of The New Craft of the Cocktail)
¾ oz iichiko saiten shochu**
¾ oz Hendrick’s Gin
1 teaspoon yuzu juice
½ oz fresh lemon juice
¾ oz agave syrup (mix together equal parts of agave nectar and water)
3 oz Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV
1 longan (buy online Aroy-d longans in syrup, 20 oz can)
1 thin wheel of lime
1 strawberry cored and cut in quarters
Preparation: Assemble the first five ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a chilled white wine goblet over ice. Garnish with the three fruits.
(**Purchase online at

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.