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"Skin Song" - Bat for Lashes in the Wattlab

22 July 2014
By Christine Weber

Natasha Khan in Professor Watt's labIn quite a unique combination of science and music, the Wellcome Trust has initiated the science outreach project Body of Songs which aims to produce "music inspired by the organs of the body". Sounds a bit creepy? In fact, I think it's about time that someone started to pay artistic tribute to our most valued body organs. In particular the skin is something that many people don't even recognise as an organ - although they look at it every day. And it's quite fabulous, really, when it comes to functions, architecture and job efficiency.

Artists such as Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan), Goldie and Ghostpoet are each contributing a song about a selected organ - and the cool part for us scientists: they wanted first-hand inspiration. So we were lucky to have lovely Natasha Khan paying us a visit in the Wattlab at King's College London, where she talked to scientists, peeked through microscopes and was generally quite excited to find out more about her chosen organ.

The result is her "Skin Song", which was unveiled online a few days ago. You can listen to it below:

The entire album Body of Songs will be released in 2015 - watch a short trailer (including a few snapshots from the lab) below.

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