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Metier is proud to present The Tyndall Effect, a compelling collection of works by acclaimed composer Grainne Mulvey. Drawing inspiration from the remarkable legacy of John Tyndall-physicist, explorer, poet, and cultural icon-Mulvey's compositions bridge the gap between music and science, paying homage to Tyndall's groundbreaking contributions in climate science, molecular spectroscopy, and bacteriology.John Tyndall, a native of Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, Ireland, was celebrated for his fascinating lectures at the Royal Institution and his pioneering scientific work, which paved the way for modern nanoscience and quantum reality. Known as the "poet of science," Tyndall's vivid descriptions of natural phenomena have now been transformed into an evocative musical experience by Mulvey.The Tyndall Effect features six pieces, each reflecting aspects of Tyndall's extensive work and achievements. Diffractions for Orchestra (2014) opens the collection, inspired by Tyndall's lectures on sound and light. The piece evolves from a cacophony of "white noise" into distinct harmonic, rhythmic, and timbral elements, mirroring the process of diffraction.Interference Patterns (2014), a piano piece commissioned for the Dublin International Piano Competition, captures the essence of Tyndall's research into diffraction, unfolding as variations on a ground theme that shifts through different registers and harmonic spectra.LUCA (2017), created for the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, reflects on the Last Universal Common Ancestor, echoing Tyndall's support of Darwin's theory of evolution. The piece transitions from chaotic clusters to thematic gestures, symbolizing the interconnectedness of all life.Calorescence (2013) honours Tyndall's term for the emission of visible light from matter absorbing infrared energy. This piano piece transforms amorphous material into melodic and harmonic content, exploring the process of musical generation.Sun of Orient Crimson with Excess of Light (2020) takes inspiration from Tyndall's poetic reflections on nature. Combining live piano with sampled and treated sounds, the piece evokes the majesty of the landscape described in Tyndall's poem *A Morning on Alp Lusgen*.The collection culminates with Cello Concerto - Excursions and Ascents, drawing on Tyndall's mountaineering adventures. The concerto, commissioned by the RTe National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, depicts the ascent of a solitary explorer through dialogues between the soloist and the orchestra, reflective sections, and a final portrayal of glacial landscapes.Grainne Mulvey, a distinguished composer and academic, has garnered international acclaim for her innovative works. With a career spanning over two decades, she has made significant contributions to contemporary music, earning numerous awards and commissions. The Tyndall Effect stands as a testament to her ability to weave scientific concepts into the fabric of abstract music, creating a profound connection between the realms of art and science.