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STOMP performers drum on a retired LHC cavity
Maximilien Brice, CERN



A group known for making music with everyday objects recently got their hands on some extraordinary props.

CERN, home to the Large Hadron Collider, is known for high-speed, high-energy feats of coordination, so it’s only fitting that the touring percussion group STOMP would stop by for a visit.

After taking a tour of the research center, STOMP performers were game to share their talent by turning three pieces of retired scientific equipment into a gigantic drum set. Check out the video below to hear the beat of an LHC dipole magnet, the Gargamelle bubble chamber and a radiofrequency cavity from the former Large Electron-Positron Collider.

As CERN notes, these are trained professionals who were briefed on how to avoid damaging the equipment they used. Lab visitors are generally discouraged from hitting the experiments.