It felt like my hometown Trondheim was the centre of the universe when we hosted the Starmus Festival on June 18-23 2017. Moonwalkers, Noble Laureates and other rock stars of science like Neil deGrasse Tyson was here, and they all shared their views on the future of humanity and our scientific quests.
We had truly amazing and inspiring days. For those of you who weren’t there, I wanted to share links to video from all of the lectures so that you can take part in the inspiration yourself.
All titles are links to the videos.
Sunday June 18
Charlie Duke – The Legacy of Apollo 16
Michel Mayor – Exoplanets and ExoEarths
Lynn Rothschild – The Most Extreme Environments Where the Alien Life Could Be Found
Sandra Magnus – Perspectives from Space
Steve Vai – Creative Manifestation
David Zambuka – GET A LIFE (form)!
Stefan Hell – Optical Microscopy: the resolution revolution
Monday June 19
Nobel Laureates – Panel Discussion
Harrison Schmitt – Apollo 17 and Beyond
George Smoot – Cosmic Connections
Adam Riess – Supernovae Reveal an Accelerating Universe
Brian Greene – String Theory and the Fabric of Spacetime
Tuesday June 20
Moonwalkers Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke and Harrisson Schmitt – in conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jean-Michel Jarre – Stephen Hawking Medal Ceremony
May-Britt Moser with the Trondheim Soloists – Into Whiteness
Wednesday June 21
Jeffrey Sachs – How We Can Survive Trump, Climate Change and Other Global Crisis
Oliver Stone – Decoding Truth in Films
Finn Kydland – Innovation, Capital Formation, and Economic Policy
Larry King – The Era of Post-truth and Fake News
Sir Chris Pissarides – Work in the Age of Robots
Jaan Tallinn – On Steering the Artificial Intelligence
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Kaspersky, Finn Kydland, Chris Pissarides and Oliver Stone – Panel Discussion Moderated by Larry King
Thursday June 22
A very exciting day for me, as I had the honor of hosting the conference main program with a colleague. The smiles imply that we had a great time!
Martin Rees – Living beyond 2100: On Earth and Beyond
Katharine Hayhoe – Climate Change: Facts and Fictions
Nancy Knowlton – Life on Planet Ocean: From DNA to Crochet and Twitter
Emanuelle Charpentier – CRISPR-Cas9: a gene editing technology that revolutionises life sciences
Nick Lane – Energy and Matter at the Origin of Life (starts at 2:12)
Panel discussion with May-Britt Moser, Torsten Wiesel, Alexandra Witze, Dame Susan Bailey, Markus Reymann, Claude Nicollier and Sandra Magnus – Outreach and Education
Friday June 23
Edvard Moser – The Brain’s Positioning System: Why Do We Not Get Lost?
Susumu Tonegawa – Memory: Your Most Mysterious Friend
Paul D. N. Hebert – A Mission for Planetary Diversity
Terry “AstroTerry” Virts – The View from Above – Perspectives on Earth and Our Place in the Universe
If you are a rock fan this album will get you excited. Spidergawd is the top rock act in Norway at the moment, alongside Kvelertak who through Erlend Hjelvik are collaborating on the last song of this album, “Stranglehold.”
Fortunately for fans, Spidergawd are very productive. “IV” is their fourth album in as many years and confirms that the band is in great shape.
Psychedelic, groovy and full of references to the glory years of rock, this band is definitely one to check out if you haven’t already.
They are touring Europe this spring and I recommend that you go see their very energetic live act. See tour dates on their website.
Rolling Stone gave the album a 4 out of 5. Check it out on Spotify below (vinyl available on Crispin Glover Records)!
I attended Trondheim Calling this weekend and saw some very exciting acts. My favourite was Pom Poko. Energetic and playful, with a charismatic lead singer and catching tunes. They are also nominated for the final of Urørt, a music competition for new artists and bands which is hosted by NRK. You’ll probably get the chance to see this band in Norway during the festival summer.
You should definitely check out Rohey as well. They are a quartet assembled around the extremely talented lead singer Rohey Taalah and will release their first album this year.
Rohey played a great gig at Olavshallen during Trondheim Calling and I am looking forward to hearing more music from this funky and soulful ensemble.
If you are in to visual effects, take a note of Drøm.
They use video art as a backdrop for their electronica act and I found it to be a great time. You are invited in to a landscape where sound and video makes the time stop.
Other honourable mentions from the gigs I saw: Emma & The Diamond Hearts and Amanda Tenfjord are both young and exciting talents I look forward to hearing more from.
Spotify keeps track of which songs is played the most on your account during the year. That gave me the chance to look back on the music year and join the “best of” discussion.
Data doesn’t lie, so at least these are my subconscious votes for the top songs of 2016.
My list contains a lot of music from Norway. If you are from somewhere outside this country, maybe you will find a new Nordic favorite in there.
Highasakite, Motorpsycho, Spidergawd, Aurora, Snøskred and Johndoe released great albums last year and have my warmest recommendations.
There’s a good mix of international artists in there as well, including Radiohead, Låpsley, PJ Harvey, Mogwai, Explosions in the sky and many more.
This year, I am looking forward to hearing new releases from San Fermin, LCD Soundsystem and Spidergawd, amongst many others. You should also be on the lookout for the upcoming release from Rohey, a very talented singer who has been touring with Jarle Bernhoft lately.
Anyway, here is my list of 2016. Besides a few party bloopers (The Muppet Show Theme was for a wedding, I swear!), there’s mostly great music in it. Enjoy!
The winter months offers some amazing sunsets in Trondheim. These were some of the views that met me while I was walking along Nidelven this afternoon.