Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Faster Than a Speeding Rapper

The CERN Large Hadron Collider may seem like an unlikely candidate for memorialization in a rap song, but the genre of "nerd rap" or "nerdcore" (see this sample and this definition for more) has grown in popularity, thanks to YouTube and other video-sharing sites. Of course, this form of celebratory geek discourse also has precedents in the football cheers and fight songs of the nation's technical colleges, such as this famed cheer from MIT.

Note that the LHC rap features an imitation of the electronically modulated voice of Stephen Hawking, which has become distinctive -- although ostensibly generated by a generic product for the disabled -- in our auditory culture.

(Thanks to Dan McGrath for the link.)

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