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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. 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
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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:
00:09:30
There’s no mistaking the distinct voice—whether throbbing, singing, or screaming—of an electric guitar. How does one instrument produce so many different sounds? We visit with Bay Area electric guitarists Ava Mendoza and Henry Kaiser, plus Subway Guitars’ very own Fat Dog, to explore the components of this versatile instrument, getting down to pick-ups, “pots,” and pedals that make it sing.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: May 8, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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:
00:05:09
In this age of iPods and MP3s, the vinyl record (still) stands as an object of curiosity and ongoing admiration. What’s the real difference between a 78 and a 45? Why do they call it “cutting a record” when an album is recorded? Music enthusiast Wade Wright of San Francisco takes us back in time to explain the history and technology of vinyl records.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: February 23, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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On August 4, 2011 After Dark Blue delved into the color of cool with explorations of indigo, underwater vision, color photography, and blues performances by Lady Bianca, Bobbie Webb, and Fillmore Slim.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: August 22, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
04:22
Thao Nguyen is a prolific San Francisco-based musician and songwriter who has recorded four albums already in her young career. In this candid reflection on her songwriting practice, she describes her process of shaping her emotional struggles and introspection into words, music, and then into exuberant performance. At the core of her practice is a drive to mine her personal experiences to provide empathy and camaraderie for others going through life’s darker moments.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: April 16, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:03:14
The original multimedia storytelling device, puppetry dates back many thousands of years and spans cultures worldwide. Join us for a back-stage look at an artistic collaboration that brings together a composer, musicians, puppeteers, and, of course, puppets to bring a story to life.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: March 9, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
01:09:05
In this intimate talk from 1990, cross-cultural composer and musician Jin Hi Kim reflects on her diverse experiences in Eastern and Western musical worlds.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 19, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
Running Time:
00:31:50
In this intimate talk from 1990, cross-cultural composer and musician Jin Hi Kim reflects on her diverse experiences in Eastern and Western musical worlds.

Project: Speaking of Music Rewind | Browse All

Date: November 19, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Music, Korean