Did it ever occur to you that J.S. Bach was a technology nerd? We’re talking with Dan Tepfer, a pianist and composer who improvises with algorithms and cowrites with computers. Dan tells us how he discovered that music would be his primary pursuit after studying astrophysics in college and gives great advice for figuring out what you want to do with your life.
We interview Stephon Alexander, physicist, jazz saxophonist, professor at Brown University, and author of the book The Jazz of Physics. Stephon explains why quantum physics is a lot like jazz improvisation and how working on physics in a jazz club led to his most famous string theory calculations. He also tells us how to face down the "please disease" and why synthesizing seemingly disparate fields is the way of the future. Plus, we share an original track from Stephon's album with the musician Rioux. That's right - it's Jazz Hour on TLDNE!