Simulated Sun is the brainchild of Dave Farina, best known as the prominent science communicator behind the YouTube channel “Professor Dave Explains”. Though his professional life is dedicated to science, music has been his true passion from a young age. Beginning as a classical pianist, he switched to drums and ethnic percussion in college, going on to play drums for a variety of bands in the decade that followed, most notably the Indie-Americana outfit The Lonely Wild.
“For this debut music video, I wanted to define a strong visual aesthetic. I adore synthwave imagery, so I adopted many of these elements, while taking it quite a bit darker and more schizophrenic at times. For the song, I decided to use a real-world concept from physics and personify it, in order to flip the script on the common narrative of quantum mystics who propose that consciousness controls external events. Perhaps this energy that permeates spacetime actually influences consciousness, and if this universe is a simulated one, perhaps this is the tool by which our simulators exert control over every seemingly probabilistic quantum event?”
He now emerges from behind the drums to front a new project on synth and vocals, drawing influence from classic and progressive rock, as well as modern synthpop and electronica, all while ruminating on themes in science and technology. Apart from blending futurism and nostalgia, Farina’s chief concern is revitalizing the current approach to live performance, by strongly contrasting the “press play” mentality embodied by many contemporaries. With a Zappa-esque lineup of young scholarly musicians rounding out the ensemble, Simulated Sun is nothing if not bold in its execution of Farina’s forward-thinking material.