Crowdsourcing An Updated Elements Song

November 15, 2019 By IdeaConnection

Crowdsourcing an updated Elements SongHere's your chance for a little bit of fame if you want some of that pop star spotlight to shine your way.

The UK's Royal Society of Chemistry's magazine Chemistry World is crowdsourcing a new video of humorist Tom Lehrer's Elements Song.

The initiative is to mark the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev's organizing of elements into the periodic table. When he did so, only 64 elements were known at the time.

When Lehrer set the periodic table to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General, 102 were known. Today, there are 118, so the song needs to be updated.

Vocal Talents

Chemistry World is asking volunteers, especially if they're chemists to record themselves singing or saying the name of an element. The magazine has a list of elements still available on its website.

If all goes well, the video with an updated version of the song to include all 118 known elements will be released in December.

To get you in the mood here are some previous performances of the song by Tom Lehrer, actor Daniel Radcliffe and science comedian and musician Helen Arney who recorded a version in 2016.  Enjoy!




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