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Monday, August 18, 2008

Singing Science Records

Jeff Poskanzer is a software developer, apparently with a nostalgic bent.

"When I was a kid," he says, "my parents got this six-LP set of science-themed folk songs for my sister and me. They were produced in the late 1950s / early 1960s, The Singing Science lyrics were very Atomic Age, while the tunes were generally riffs on popular or genre music of the time. We played them incessantly."

"In February 1998 I found the LPs in my parents' basement. I cleaned them up, played them one last time on an old turntable, and burned them onto a set of three CD-R discs. In December 1999 I read the songs back off the CDs and encoded them into MP3, so now you can hear them on the web. They are available at either 32 Kbps (about half a megabyte each) or 160 Kbps (about two megabytes each)."

The songs are arranged in five categories: Space Songs, Energy and Motion Songs, Experiment Songs, Weather Songs, and Nature Songs. Topics include "Why Does the Sun Shine?", "Who's Afraid of Thunder?" and "How Does a Bird Sing?" All are great sources of fun and information for elementary aged kids.

Click this link to visit Singing Science Records at

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