For Immediate Release:
February 01, 2004
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Play Virtual Music Instruments at The Accidental Scientist: Music
Why does some music give you goose bumps? Is a tape recorder an instrument? Why does your singing sound different in the shower? Questions like these, as well as a collection of unique interactive online exhibits, form the core of a new Exploratorium Website launching on February 3, called The Accidental Scientist: Music, available at www.exploratorium.edu/music.
This site enables you to play with music, while lifting the lid on the underlying science. For example, visit a virtual kitchen and play its appliances, while exploring the relationship between visual cues and aural information. Swap out a kitchen clock for a metronome and then a crab to discover their similar timbres. Edit video of a step dancer to compose music while experimenting with beat, tempo, polyrhythm, meter and phrasing. Explore why some beats and tempos go together and others don’t. Be a studio engineer, mixing such sounds as Afro-Cuban, Rockabilly and Electronica. Place the sounds near or far from one another, and find out what musicians in a live performance know. Or discover how some Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean instruments are adapted from everyday objects, and learn about the physics involved. In addition, look for an online multi-user drum circle, a playable virtual instrument, a video about the note A and much more.
Upcoming in the spring, visit the Exploratorium for a series of special musical events and performances that reveal the science of music, sound, hearing and listening.
The Accidental Scientist: Music is the second of a three-part project that focuses on the science beneath the activities you do every day. Accidental Scientist is funded by the National Science Foundation. Web technology made possible by Macromedia.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367