As I began to prepare for my presentation next Wednesday I was surprised to find that it was more difficult than I expected to describe my process. At first I had trouble with drudging the content from my memory and spent the beginning of the week in reflection of the semester and what I have achieved. I have now split the presentation up into six parts, the first being my overarching goals for the project which are as follows:
– To harmoniously combine the fields of Music Theory and Astrophysics.
– To learn how to work through the challenges of independently conducting a research project.
– To be able to fearlessly reach out to those in the astrophysics community for help and guidance.
Next, I plan to give a brief background on the astrophysics driving the project staring with describing absorption lines and ending with defining the Lyman-alpha forest. In the third piece, which is the most interesting to me I will talk about the two data sets I have used and show pictures and give information about the quasars they come from. Then I go into my use of CodePen and creating sound, at which time I will play the CodePen tracks. After that I will talk about the frustrating process of creating sheet music and finally, my goals in continuation of the project.
While once I the ball rolling it was not too challenging to put the presentation together I believe that the reflection I was forced to do in order to get started was valuable and obviously needed.
Until next time, cheers!
Image citation: “Astronomy Picture of the Day.” Astronomy Picture of the Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014.