Home Powers of Ten
Powers of Ten is a highly-flexible sequence of up to 23 songs exploring the universe at many different scales of magnitude.
All of the songs featured below have a portfolio of material available to download free for you to use. Simply complete the registration form below and then click on the "my downloads" tab found at the top of all pages on the site. The "Powers of Ten" materials will be available for download along with other free material provided by singtastic.com
There are songs about the smallest things (the hypothetical strings of String Theory) and about the largest (galaxies and galaxy clusters) and about many things in between: quarks, atoms, viruses, bacteria, lice, blood, landscape, tectonic plates, Earth, Moon, Sun, solar system, black holes and so on.
Most of the songs are available in harmonised arrangements for up to 5 voice parts, suitable for experienced choruses, but almost all of them work equally well sung in unison or in fewer parts by children, mixed choirs, small groups or soloists. One or two are generally sung a capella but most have a fully-notated piano accompaniment, and chord charts are available upon request.
A full performance of Powers of Ten takes 70 minutes or so, but performers are welcome to create cut-down versions by omitting some songs or, of course, to pick and choose just one or two songs for their own purposes. A series of narrations is provided that link the songs and guide the audience on their journey, but these may be edited and changed at will.
All songs are copyright David Haines.
David aims to be as liberal as possible in the use of his songs, but please contact him via Singtastic if you plan a performance or to use the songs in any other way. Powers of Ten was originally inspired by the film and book of the same name by Ray and Charles Eames.
The performance recordings on Singtastic are by Teignmouth and Ivybridge Community Choirs, two non-auditioned open-to-all choirs based in Devon, UK, whose members are mainly non-music-readers.
Powers of Ten will receive further performances this year at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth, UK on 3rd July; at the British Science Festival in Birmingham 17th September; at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC on Powers of Ten Day, 10.10.10; and as part of the same festival in Tyler, Texas on 23rd October. Some of the songs will also be performed on the National Mall on the Festival's final day, 24th October.