Karl Coryat

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Karl Coryat is an American writer, comedian, and musician.

In 1996, he was a two-day champion on the television game show Jeopardy!.[1] Subsequently, he wrote an online article with advice for prospective Jeopardy! contestants, which included a method to play along at home, keep score, and gauge one's performance. Enthusiasts of the show call this the "Coryat score".[2][3]

As an early member of the Immersion Composition Society, Coryat is the co-author (along with Nicholas Dobson) of The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook, which details the method that ICS members use to write a large number of songs quickly. Tim Rice-Oxley used the method to write songs for the Keane album Strangeland,[4] and Jez Williams, guitarist for British band Doves, has cited the book as inspiration for their 2009 album Kingdom of Rust.[5] Coryat also wrote Guerrilla Home Recording and edited The Bass Player Book (all published by Hal Leonard Corporation). As a music journalist, he has interviewed Prince,[6] Sting, Geddy Lee, Flea, Brian Wilson, Les Claypool, and others for Bass Player magazine.

Coryat's essay "Toward an Informational Mechanics" was awarded a Judging Panel Discretionary Prize in the 2012 physics essay competition sponsored by the Foundational Questions Institute and Scientific American magazine.[7] Drawing on work by John Archibald Wheeler, Carlo Rovelli, and Bob Coecke, the essay calls for a generalization of quantum mechanics that incorporates informational legacy or context into quantum measurements, which might ultimately lead to a description of an "it from bit" universe with the least possible complexity.[8] He has produced video essays on how the biocentric universe theory of Robert Lanza may be the best route to this.[9]

As a comedian under the pseudonym Edward Current,[10] he makes YouTube satires of religious fundamentalism and politics,[11] as well as serious videos demonstrating physics[12][13] and criticizing the 9/11 Truth movement.[14] As a multi-instrumentalist musician (vocals, bass, guitar, drums, and keyboards), he has been recording music under the name Eddie Current since the 1980s.[15]

Coryat attended Brunswick School and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Northern California.


  • The Bass Player Book. 1999. 
  • Guerilla Home Recording: How to Get Great Sound from Any Studio. 2004. 
  • The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook: A Radical Guide to Cutting Loose, Overcoming Blocks, and Writing the Best Songs of Your Life. 2006. 
  • The Simplest-Case Scenario: How the Universe May Be Very Different From What We Think It Is. 2016. 


  1. ^ "J! Archive - Season 12". Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "J! Archive Help". Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hartill, Lane (March 27, 2001), "Masters of Quiz-Show Prep", Christian Science Monitor, retrieved December 2, 2012 
  4. ^ McCormick, Neil (April 25, 2012). "Keane: we're not excited by macho guitar music". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Doyle, Tom (July 2009). "Doves: Producing Kingdom Of Rust". Sound on Sound. 
  6. ^ Coryat, Karl. "His Highness Gets Down". bassplayer.com. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "2012 Questioning the Foundations Winning Essays". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Coryat, Karl. "Toward an Informational Mechanics". fqxi.org. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Biocentricity.net
  10. ^ "Karl Coryat personal web page". 
  11. ^ Myers, PZ. "Edward Current must be a highly trained theologian". ScienceBlogs. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Mosbergen, Dominique (22 July 2014). "Gravity Explained, In One Simple Video". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Show Me the Physics video contest winners". fqxi.org. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Baron, Alexander. "Can you believe what you see on YouTube?". Digital Journal. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Copyright Office Public Catalog". Retrieved 8 December 2014.