SEE & HEAR: Explore eclectic, sonically cool videos and sound files—from Reggie Watts improvising in the Exploratorium's old Sound Column to the Sound Uncovered iPad app. We'll be adding more soon, including videos of each Resonance performance.
Listen in as Resonance host Sarah Cahill chats with composer, performer, and instrument builder Cheryl E. Leonard on October 10, 2013. Cheryl’s music was inspired by a visit to Antarctica where she collected materials—penguin bones and shells, for example—to make recordings.
Cheryl E. Leonard spent a month at an Antarctic research station recording natural soundscapes and collecting natural items that she turned into musical instruments. Listen as she and Phillip Greenlief perform pieces she composed using these sounds and materials, as well as icicles, scientific glassware, kelp, sand, and salt. This performance, recorded on October 10, 2013, marks the debut of the Resonance series.
Meet the pipe organ, the grandfather of all instruments. We talked with staff at Schoenstein & Company, fifth generation organ builders, about the process of designing, custom building, and fine-tuning these instruments.
Musician, comedian, and Exploratorium Osher Fellow Reggie Watts improvises in the Sound Column at the Exploratorium's former Palace of Fine Arts home. His improvised musical sets are created on the spot using only his voice.
Originally commissioned for the Exploratorium’s After Dark series, Songs of the Humpbacks was curated by Chris Fitzpatrick, who brought together sound artist and composer Thomas Dimuzio and NOAA cetacean acoustics expert Dave Mellinger to present a humpback whale song composition.
My work is about sound and sounds. I like to listen, and I hope my work evokes this in a listener. In this video, I'm performing on a prepared and modified Rhodes electric piano, an instrument I've been working with since 1998. I think of this music as residing simultaneously in tonal and noisy spaces. It should be experienced inside the discrete and individual field of noise that each audient is in when listening, whether that's riding a bus, or sitting in a kitchen full of cats.
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