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Have you ever pondered the inextricable link between science and music? City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia invite you to explore music on a different level in our free lunchtime series This Sounds Like Science.

Leading Australian researchers lend their expertise to topics including the role of music in breakthrough scientific studies on mental health, memory and even its effectiveness in the operating theatre.

This Sounds Like Science is co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for public engagement with science, technology and innovation.

Music and Philosophy

Throughout the centuries, music has inspired philosophers. Some thought it was dangerous (Plato) and tried to legislate its practice. Others found it metaphysically profound (Schopenhauer), revealing (Nietzsche) or very suspicious (Kierkegaard). What is it about music that excites a philosopher and why might this be important to musicians or listeners? Goetz Richter, musician and philosopher at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music discusses the perplexity philosophers feel when facing (the) music.

Associate Professor Goetz Richter

Goetz Richter is a violinist, teacher and thinker with a dual background in music and philosophy. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music where he coordinates performance studies for violinists. Previous positions include a fifteen-year tenure as Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (1987-2002) and early career positions as Associate Principal Violin II with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1986-87) and Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (1985-1986).

Feel free to BYO lunch


Other events in the This Sounds Like Science series:

Music and Philosophy - Tue 26 February 12:30pm
Periodic scales and the Elements of Music – Thu 4 April 12.30pm
Music by Robots – Tue 2 July 12.30pm
Why Music is Maths – Wed 7 August 12.30pm
Music, Feeling and Emotion – Tue 8 October 12.30pm


This Sounds Like Science is supported by and co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with the sciences.

Details are accurate at time of publication