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TOUR THE EXHIBIT

Have you ever wondered about the science behind rock n' roll? How has technology shaped this multi-billion dollar industry?

 

How can performers bring hundreds of thousands of screaming fans to their feet? What physiological effects does rock have on our brain and body?

The Science of Rock N' Roll is an exhibition that provides a fresh look at the history of rock from the perspective of science and technology. See how music has shaped the tools of rock–and how those tools have changed the music. Experience science in the key of rock!

DECADES OF ROCK

Decades of Rock showcases the history and evolution of rock from the 1950s to the present day using artifacts, photos and informational panels.

•6 x Decades Pods

•Over 300 Historic Images with Factoids

•6 x Historical Artifacts Cabinets

•Decade specific music

HISTORY OF MUSIC FORMATS

Music has been recorded on 83 different formats throughout history.  Explore how we have gone from the wax cylinder to millions of songs in your pocket.
This area includes fascinating stories behind how music has been captured over the last 140 years.

ROCK COMPOSED

An interactive display demonstrating how tone, pitch, key, rhythm, tempo, timbre, melody, hook, harmony and contour come in to play when composing rock music.

•2 x Reactable Tables

•4 min Animated Videos Explaining Elements of Composition

•Composition Examples

MIXING ROCK

You get to be the recording engineer. Set the levels on the vocals and instruments for the iconic David Bowie’s Space Oddity to make your own unique sound.

ROCK INSTRUMENTS

The instruments we use to make rock: guitars, keyboards, drums and amplifiers. We'll look at their history and the science behind how they work.  

• 5 x Learn and Play Instrument Kiosks*: 

• Guitar deep dive

• Keyboard deep dive

SCIENCE OF SOUND

How are the sounds of rock produced and how do we perceive them? 

•Mono – Dolby Room

•Anatomy of a Speaker

•Interview totem

THE ART OF ROCK

The Art of Rock sets the stage about the immeasurable impact of rock ‘n’ roll as an instigator and vehicle of social, political, and cultural change. It’s about originality, self-expression and freedom of speech. But it’s also about cars, groupies and having a good time on a Friday night; and it’s the result of art and science intersecting in music. Rock would not exist in the form it does today without advances in science and technology.

CONCERT EXPERIENCES

Immerses visitors into a virtual setting of a live concert using a twenty-foot video wall, light show and crowd effects. It’s the ultimate finale to The Science of Rock ‘N’ Roll.