Scientist's Christmas song
AgResearch scientist Dr Matthew Barnett has recorded a science verion of the 12 Days of Christmas.
AgResearch’s singing scientist Dr Matthew Barnett has followed his success with the
“Epigenome” song, and the “I Love Fibre” song, with a version of the 12 Days of Christmas.
The “Epigenome” song, which appeared on both major NZ TV channels, has had over 12,000 YouTube views, and it and the fibre song are being used in teaching around the world.
Having received the request to compose a version of the 12 Days of Christmas, Matt was pleased to put together another recording that promotes science. A member
of two bands which feature more popular sounding numbers, and having released
two EPs and a CD, Matt is torn between his enthusiasm for music and science.
“It’s good to bring these interests together, although I’m not sure the judges of the MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year knew what to make of the “Epigenome” song when I sent it in with my application.” Matt’s specially composed track was the first ever accompanying piece of music for the MacDiarmid judges to assess. “I put it together as part of the criteria was communication. Science has a
mixed reception out there so explaining things in a more accessible way to me
suggested music as a strong tool.”
Matt is a Senior Research Scientist in AgResearch’s Agri-Foods & Health Section, based at The Liggins Institute, at the The University of Auckland and hopes that Santa will bring him a recording contract or a new guitar for Christmas.