From second sound to music: A special composition inspired by advanced physics

John Weisend, Michael Edgerton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


He II or superfluid helium, which already plays an important role in the cooling of superconducting magnets and superconducting radiofrequency cavities, has now also inspired music. Composer Michael Edward Edgerton, a professor at Lund University’s Malmo Academy of Music in Sweden has written an innovative piece, “Der Rufer,” for a percussion quartet based on phenomena found in He II including: anisotropy, isotropy, quantum leap (bifurcation), mutual friction, superfluid turbulence, quantized vortices and second sound.

Bibliographical note

The paper documents the influence of science on musical composition.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Music
  • Other Engineering and Technologies

Artistic work

  • Composition

Free keywords

  • Der Rufer


Dive into the research topics of 'From second sound to music: A special composition inspired by advanced physics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • Der Rufer (e106) (webpage)

    Edgerton, M., 2021 Oct 19, Word Press.

    Research output: Other contributionWeb publication/Blog postResearch

    Open Access
  • People, Companies in Cryogenics

    Edgerton, M. & Weisend, J., 2021 Oct, Cold Facts, 37, 5, p. 45-45 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication articlePopular science

Cite this