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AfterSchool Activities:  Water Bottle Membranophone Activity: What's Going On (Clip)
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00:01:54
The science behind the water bottle membranophone, including a discussion of how air vibrates the instrument's membrane, producing sound.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: January 14, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: music, musical instrument, toy, vibration, hearing, ear, afterschool

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Science of Music:  An Afternoon With Peter Whitehead (Clip)
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00:03:20
PETER WHITEHEAD is an instrument builder, performer, and composer. His singular instruments, often based on folk instruments from around the world, feature unusual found materials. Among his many instruments are the Heart Banjo, made from a baking tin; the Lawn Lyre, made from an old lawnmower and a metal oil pan; and the Spoonharp, made from a five-gallon metal drum, a eucalyptus branch, and kitchen spoons. Originally from England, Whitehead is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founding member of the Mobius Operandi performance group, he also performs regularly with Closer To Carbon, an improvisational trio.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Music | Browse All

Date: February 15, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science

Keywords: music, banjo, instrument


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Science of Music:  Tuning (Clip)
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00:03:07
If you’ve ever gone to hear an orchestra play, you know that the performance begins only after a session of tuning. An oft-repeated story tells of a visiting foreigner attending a concert in Paris. Afterwards, when asked which part of the performance he liked best, he replied, “The beginning, just before the man with the stick came in.” Tuning means adjusting the pitch of an instrument. The pitch of a sound depends on its frequency, the number of vibrations per second that produce the sound. For example, plucking a cello string might cause it to vibrate back and forth 200 times each second. You hear that sound as a low pitch of 200 cycles per second, or 200 hertz. An orchestra tunes itself to a very particular frequency, usually 440 hertz, a note known as A 440. The note is played by the oboist, and the rest of the orchestra tunes their instruments to match it. The oboe leads the tuning because of all the instruments, it is least affected by humidity or other weather conditions.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Music | Browse All

Date: February 12, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science

Keywords: tuning, music


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Science of Music:  A Space For The Blues (Clip)
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00:02:29
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

Keywords: music, blues


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Iron Science Teacher:  Halloween Edition: Plastic Bags (Webcast)
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00:55:27
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 secret ingredient. In this special Halloween edition, today's secret ingredient is: Plastic Bags!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: October 31, 2003
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics

Keywords: vaccuum sealing, air pressure, perception of touch, tactile sense, bubble bomb activity, carbon dioxide production, acids and bases, 5-tone whirlies, quantum music, corrugated plastic pipes, resonance, sound waves, bagpipes, air speed


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Science Wire:  Echo-Logic (Webcast)
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00:41:34
Produced by students from San Francisco's Aim High Program. Today they ask, how do our ears work? Can we communicate without words? How do whales communicate under water? Why don't bats slam into trees as they fly? Middle school students will interview Exploratorium Educator Ken Finn and Biologist Dr. Karen Kalumuck, plus special surprise guests!

Project: Science Wire | Browse All

Date: May 18, 2002
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: sonar, human hearing, sound location, science of music, guitar science, paul dresher ensemble, chromatic quadrachord instrument demonsrtation, nocturnal animal sounds, underwater animal sounds, whale song, production of sound, animal echolocation, low-frequency sound


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West Coast Live:  West Coast Live: October 10, 1998 (Webcast)
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1:58:50
This episode of Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live radio show explores the places where science and entertainment intersect. In this broadcast: Singer-songwriter John Gorka; Bert Grant, founder of Grant's Brewery; a view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble; author of "Fisherman's Son" Michael Koepf.

Project: Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live | Browse All

Date: October 10, 1998
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Arts, General Science

Keywords: john gorka, folk music, memory exhibition description, art and science, radio


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West Coast Live:  West Coast Live: December 5, 1998 (Webcast)
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1:59:14
This episode of Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live radio show explores the places where science and entertainment intersect. In this broadcast: Kevin Kelly of Wired Magazine; Lawrence Weschler, author of "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of Thing One Sees"; The Canadian Brass Ensemble; physics chanteuse Lynda Williams; and Jonathan Schooler with a memory wine-tasting.

Project: Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live | Browse All

Date: December 5, 1994
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Arts, General Science

Keywords: public radio show, holiday music, canadian brass, christmas music, digital culture, cyberculture, new rules for the new economy, dumb power, knowledge economy, information society, internet radio, mp3, real audio, radio training, humor, satire, maxwell's equation song


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