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Music is more than meets the ears directly. Just as no sound exists in a vacuum, every space sculpts the sound within it. Like a site-specific equalizer, reflections, absorption, and resonances combine to give each venue a unique acoustic stamp. A subway tunnel is “live” space, rich with reverberations that trap and reflect sound in a well of hard tile. True to their name, “dead” spaces do nothing: The only sound heard is what travels directly from instrument to ear. An open field is the ultimate dead space. As you follow this wandering riff, listen to the changes wrought by environment. Distance is also a factor here—the sound you hear is recorded from the camera’s vantage. Which spaces sound live? Which sound dead? Do the acoustic changes affect the feeling of the music? Saxophonist Michael Pearce plays with the Highwater Blues Band in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Music | Browse All

Date: February 12, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science
Running Time:
1:00:11
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week's "secret" ingredient - Valentine gifts!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: February 11, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:02:48
Stepping is rhythmic movement that uses the hands and feet as an instrument. Known best among African American fraternities and sororities, stepping draws on a long African tradition of using the body to make music. Synchronized movement and chants are coordinated by the leader, or step master. Sometimes improvising, always cultivating their own distinctive moves and rhythms, step teams reflect and reaffirm both the unity and the unique style of their group.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Music | Browse All

Date: February 11, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science
Running Time:
00:00:35
This short preview clip of the larger B-Roll video has footage of the Exploratorium, inside and out, including scenes of children interacting with museum exhibits.

Project: Exploratorium Miscellaneous Press Video and Audio | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2005
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:00:26
A humorous look at thermodynamics at the Exploratorium, part of the Exploratorium's "For the Curious Ones" campaign.

Project: TV and Radio Spots | Browse All

Date: January 1, 2005
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:00:31
A humorous look at interactivity in the operating room, part of the Exploratorium's "For the Curious Ones" campaign.

Project: TV and Radio Spots | Browse All

Date: January 1, 2005
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:53:29
The only thing to beat out Iron Science Halloween! Holiday madness right when you could use a laugh.... today's secret ingredient: fruitcake!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: December 17, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
1:13:04
Watch as Exploratorium staff and local teachers compete for the title of Iron Science Teacher. Each contestant has 10 minutes to make a science lesson out of a science ingredient. This is a Halloween edition of Iron Science Teacher, and today's secret ingredient is: Bones!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: October 29, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
1:01:06
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. Tee off with this week’s “secret” ingredient-pet supplies!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: August 13, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:59:28
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. Tee off with this week’s “secret” ingredient-aluminum foil!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: August 6, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics