Project Research & Creation

BIG BANG is a musical work for multimedia with live musical ensemble, narrator and video projections, written and directed by composer/performer Patrick Grant.
This work results from a collaboration between the composer and astronomer Charles Liu with input from physicist Brian Schwartz.

These pages document the creation and resultant performance of this piece.

The piece tells the story of the creation of our Universe as best as we understand it today. It is narrated by a central character known as The Astronomer. This role was performed by Charles Liu and like all astronomers do, in order to understand what happened at the beginning, he "runs the film in reverse," that is, the story starts out in our present day and moves backwards to, quite literally, the creation of Time.

Video projections of stellar bodies, scientific diagrams and art add a visual component to the work.

BIG BANG was premiered at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC on May 15, 2006 and was part of The 26th International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics on June 27, 2006 also at CUNY.

This multimedia musical work will eventually be workshopped to expand the music, text and visuals into an evening length live performance.

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1. Initial Notes with Astronomer Charles Liu

2. Conversation with Physicist Brian Schwartz

3. Conversation with Astronomer Charles Liu


The Powers of Ten

Big Bang
Timeline (Text)

"Big Bang" from Wikipedia

Big Bang Timeline (Graphical)

Big Bang and the Fundamental Forces

"Eureka" - a Cosmological Essay by E. A. Poe


Creation of the Narrative



pHOTOS FROM mAY 21, 2006


VIDEO from mAY 21, 2006


This work was commissioned by the CUNY Graduate Center Science & the Arts performance series, an initiative of the Science Outreach Series, presenting programs in theatre, art, music, and dance that bridge the worlds of art and science. Please refer to the reservation number listed with the event. Supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Lounsbery Foundation. Dr. Liu appears through the American Museum of natural History. Multimedia images by Patrick grant and courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.

All events are held at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave (at 34th Street)

For further information on Science & the Arts please contact:
Brian Schwartz, Director, Science and the Arts, (212) 817-7521,
Adrienne Klein, Co-Director, Science and the Arts, (212) 817-7522,
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