Lectures Music

KCL STEM Lecture for Schools : How music can help your heart

The Outreach Team at King’s Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences led by Peter Gallivan has put together the STEM Lecture for Schools series aimed at bringing cutting edge science and engineering research to students aged 16+.

As part of this new lecture series, Elaine Chew gave a lecture – How music can help your heart – at 4.30-5.30pm on Wed, 19 June 2024, at the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre at the Strand Campus. The lecture included demonstrations at a Yamaha CLP765 digital baby grand piano. Thank you, Peter!

How music can help your heart
Music is powerful stuff, often taking our bodies through a wide range of feelings in a few short minutes. But can we study this relationship scientifically, and even use this understanding to help improve our health? Join Elaine Chew, Professor of Engineering, to explore cutting edge research using mathematical representations and computational algorithms to uncover the amazing impacts music has on our bodies. Prof Chew will explore the amazing work being done by her team here at King’s, building tools to monitor in real time the effect music has on people’s hearts and breathing. She will also then discuss how this information could be used to help conditions like irregular heartbeats. Prof Chew will also explore her personal journey in STEM, and her experiences which have led her to her current role at King’s.

MuSA_RT Demo

musa_rt software by Alexandre François. Spiral Array model by Elaine Chew. PDQ Bach’s Short-tempered Clavier IXa (Prelude in G) performed Elaine Chew. Download the musa_rt app from apps.apple.com/us/app/musa-rt/id506866959 . Read about the spiral array model at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_array_model

HeartFM Demos

Example pieces with heartfm visualisation of pianist+listener ECG, respiration, heart rate variability, and piano midi (notes+pedal). Elaine Chew, pianist+engineer; Pier Lambiase, cardiologist; Charles Picasso, software engineer. Learn more about the HeartFM project at heartfm.kcl.ac.uk. Videos show : Strauss Burleske (cadenza and return), Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (variations 17 & 18)


Many thanks to Mateusz Soliński for the photos and videos.