Science Café
an informal forum for great fun 
and new ideas


Science Café | Beacon

Science Café | Beacon is a newfangled and entertaining series of science-based events designed to identify and demystify the many roles of water in and around our daily lives. An extension of the Clarkson University Science Café Series that launched in the Potsdam area Fall 2009, Clarkson professors, scientists and other knowledgeable guests demonstrate, innovate and interact with Café-goers to create an informal forum for great fun and new ideas. Events will be held in popular bar/restaurants in Beacon, NY with the aim to fascinate regulars+ with topics from: “Beacon, NY: Where Engineers Order Their Water Straight Up” to a musical performance keyed to real-time water data by “the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz” (CMJ) Ben Neill and dream pop vocalist Mimi Goese.


Terry Platz 
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University 
845 838-1600 


Thursday November 17, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

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Towne Crier Café 
379 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

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Hudson River Data as Music

 Thursday, Nov. 17, 7pm

The Towne Crier Café
379 Main Street, Beacon 

FATHOM, a 2016 New Music USA award-winning composition by “the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz” (CMJ) Ben Neill and dream pop vocalist Mimi Goese, will debut on Nov. 17 at The Towne Crier in Beacon, NY. The piece for mutantrumpet and voice is based on Hudson River real-time data from Beacon Institute’s River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON). The Towne Crier Café, 379 Main Street, Beacon.

BEN NEILL is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. He has been called “a creative composer and genius performer” (Time Out NY),”the mad scientist of dancefloor jazz” (CMJ), and “a musical powerhouse, a serious and individual talent” (Time Out London). Neill’s music blends influences from electronica, jazz and contemporary classical music, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance. The Demo, Neill’s electronic opera created with Mikel Rouse, received a Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund grant and was premiered at the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in 2015. 

MIMI GOESE has been pursing divergent aspects of the arts since 1984. Trained as a dancer, she has worked in post modern dance, performance art, theater, film and music. Musical pursuits have included the seminal art band Hugo Largo, the band Mimi, as well as collaborations with composers Julia Heyward, A. Leroy, John Moran, Moby, Hahn Rowe, Porl Thompson (of The Cure), and Hector Zazou. 

Prior to their work on Fathom, Neill and Goese, along with playwright Warren Leight, were commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to create the theatrical work Persephone (starring Julia Stiles) for the 2010 Next Wave Festival. The duo later recorded and released the music on their 2011 album Songs for Persephone.

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