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Quote of the Week: Fringe Sonics

In episode 8 of the ongoing first season of Fringe, Fox’s X-Files-like TV series, a young boy is seen during the opening scene in the back of a car, patiently deploying notes on a piece of sheet-music paper. The boy’s father is driving the car, and outside rain falls heavily.

    Son: Dad, don’t get mad at me … but … the windshield wipers. Could you slow them down?

    Dad: Slow them down?

    Son: The tempo — it’s messing me up.

The episode is titled “The Equation,” written by J.R. Orci and David H. Goodman, original air date November 18.

Music isn’t unessential to Fringe — there’s a piano in the Harvard University laboratory of truly mad scientist Walter Bishop (a sort of analog to the great British sci-fi scientists, Who and Quatermass), and of course series co-creator J.J Abrams is known for contributing to his own shows’s scores.

And then there’s this comment by Bishop, when he arrives on the scene of a mysterious incident near the opening of “The Cure” (episode 6 of season 1, written by Felicia D. Henderson and Brad Caleb Kane, air date October 21) and loiters near a buzzing telephone pole:

    Was I humming? I thought it was in my head. … Nothing sings like a kilo volt. Unique pitch. Nothing else in nature quite like it.

More on the series and its mix of science, science fiction, and, occasionally, music at, from which this promotional image is borrowed:

By Marc Weidenbaum

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