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Physicist says band Deerhoof inspires him like Einstein, asks them to rock at LHC

Didn't see this coming.

When we visited the CERN's Large Hadron Collider this past year, there wasn't a ton of noise. The massive particle accelerator facility took a two-year hiatus for repairs, and that break meant a rare chance for humans to tour things with less risk.

Apparently things were considerably noisier last month, but it had nothing to do with the facilities getting back to business. As part of an initiative called Ex/Noise/CERN, ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) physicist Dr. James Beacham invited experimental indie band Deerhoof to CERN's magnet test facility, SM-18, in "honor of the LHC's ramp up to 13 TeV." On site, Beacham wanted the band to experiment with noise and music much like his team experiments with particle physics.

Musical curiosity is similar to scientific curiosity and, on a personal level, Deerhoof has inspired me as much as Einstein, Beacham said in a project press release. They re explorers and this sense of exploration is what you feel in the air at CERN right now, and so the pairing of Deerhoof and CERN was natural.

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