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Hans van Lint is AvL (Antonie van Leeuwenhoek) Professor Traffic Simulation and Computing at the Transport & Planning department, faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. He's also director of education of the Msc TIL (Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure).

His other passion in life is music - check out the Dutch Genesis tribute band Squonk.

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Posted in July 2009

Why writing music and doing scientific research fit so well together

Well, because both drag you into creative processes, which are totally absorbing, exiting and frustrating at the same time, and are never finished (before a new creative process takes over). I consider myself very fortunate to experience both.

Think of it: the wait and mostly unexpected birth of that cool new idea, model, chord sequence, piece of lyric, formula, guitar lick, groove, melody, project proposal. After the overwhelming feel that something really significant has happened comes the "now what?" phase. Playing, rethinking, doubting (where did I see or hear this before?). After inspiration comes¬† transpiration (according to some its 95% of the second for every 5% of the first). Structuring and arranging, writing, rewriting, setting up experiments, data cracking, drums, bass, dynamics, software crashes. The reviewing and commenting by your peers and bandcollegues (who unfortunately in many cases are right). Then finally publishing and holding that first copy in your hand or hearing that final mix through some one else’s hifi set.

OK, there are differences too, for example in terms of complementary drinks (coffee versus Laphroaig) and stimulae (I’ll leave that open). Nonetheless, I wouldn’t wanna miss either! Feel free to check out my band links on the left sidebar.


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