Saturday, April 4, 2009

Darwin Rocks

A small team of evolutionary ecologists from Tuebingen, Germany, just finished a rock music clip about evolution which is called "Struggle for love", together with a computer program that allows the user to "select and evolve" music tunes following biological principles. This program was also used to generate the underlying tunes for the song.

All this is the result of a one-year project that was generously supported by the VolkswagenFoundation ( following a creativity contest called "Evolution Today". We cooperated with composers, musicians, film-makers, informaticians and a whole series of creative students, about one hundred in total!

Both the clip and the program are meant to attract the attention from non-biologists and make them think and talk about evolution. Hence, if you like it, please feel free to share it with your friends, relatives and students.

The Darwin Rocks! Team:
Johannes Faber
Suska Sahm
Gregor Schulte
Nico Michiels


  1. Hi! Enjoy your blog, even though I'm a playwright, not a scientist. Saw this on one of my lists, and thought you might like:

    "Evolution: Darwin's Top 10 Choices. What were Darwin's Top 10 Choices? Celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species with a presentation by Richard Milner. Milner, the singing Darwin scholar, is a master storyteller and author of The Encyclopedia of Evolution and the forthcoming Darwin's Universe."

  2. Thanks for the heads up! I posted about it and will be going :)