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Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who creates instruments from unusual raw materials—everything from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and box springs. This interview took place at the Exploratorium on October 10, 2013, just prior to her performance of Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greelief.

Project: Resonance | Browse All

Date: October 11, 2013
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:50:00
Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who creates instruments from unusual raw materials—everything from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and box springs. Here she performs Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greelief, as part of the Exploratorium’s Resonance series.

Project: Resonance | Browse All

Date: October 11, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:12:21
Musician and comedian Reggie Watts improvises in the Sound Column at the Exploratorium's former home using only his voice and a looping machine.

Project: Resonance | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): General Science, Art, Physics
Running Time:
16:54:00
Exploratorium composer Wayne Grim used the video of the transit to create a sound composition in real time. As the video signal was received by Wayne's computer, a program he wrote converted the signal into a unique aural experience. http://www.waynegrim.com

Project: The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus | Browse All

Date: June 12, 2012
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art Astronomy
Running Time:
00:32:46
Discover the Tibetan Buddhist view of the mind with Geshe Lhakdor. He discusses how awareness and sensory information (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) are perceived through different forms of consciousness, and how Buddhist practitioners investigate their inner mental experiences to better understand their experience of the world around them.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
01:23:00
In this gem from 1990, we get a brief peek into the flourishing mind of German-born composer/sculptor Trimpin, a MacArthur "genius" award winner and the subject of a recent feature documentary. He chronicles his unique adventures through sound and music making, takes audience questions, and stages modified versions of his musical installations in front of the live audience.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: February 19, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:08:39
Geeks have strange hobbies. Staff physicist Paul Doherty plays the corrugated plastic tube, also known as a “whirly,” and explains the surprising science behind the sound.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:09:39
Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey divulges a clever way to measure the speed of sound, and he explains how he’s used that information to measure things in the world.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 2, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:05:23
Our host, Stephanie Chasteen, shares some more fun facts and activities having to do with the science of sound.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: October 7, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s):
Running Time:
00:00:51
An introduction to how to make your own simple speaker, which transmits sound from a radio or MP3 player and demonstrates the principles of electromagnetism and vibration.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science