The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will open a Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life, exhibit in June which explores evidence for the biological origins of music. Opening June 24, the exhibit will feature soundscapes, listening experiences, and an exploration of music aimed at helping the visitor to understand what makes music. The exhibit will run through January 7, 2018.
“From trumpeting swans to singing whales, nature is filled with music,” says Margie Marino, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. “Wild Music” allows visitors of all ages and abilities to hum, drum, and play through a magical, musical world.
Features of the “Wild Music” exhibit will include:
Visits will be able to explore music, sounds, and ambience that come from the city, the ocean, and the forest. Insight from Soundscapes will help people understand things like “what does a whale cry tell us about its life cycle?” and “How does sound travel underwater?” There will also be examples of instruments from around the world. In addition, visitors will gain insight into how music influences the memory of humans.
Visitors will have a blast in the soundproof Jamming Room where they can compose songs using live vocals, percussions, animal voices, and audio soundscapes.
Let the experiments begin! In the Biocoustic lab, guests will be able to analyze how the human voice functions and how it compares to the sounds and voices of other animals. Visitors will also be able to get their hands on an “electrolarynx,” allowing them to “talk” without using their own voices. Lab guests will also learn how to “feel” sound through vibrating metal.
Power of Sound and Music Theater
After all the interactive fun, guests can relax in the Power of Sound and Music Theater to experience sounds from animals from throughout the world. The video will also provide insight into how animal sounds are used for communication, identity, and socialization.
“Wild Music” was developed in partnership with the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, and a distinguished panel of scientists and musicians.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is located at 1801 Mountain Road NW, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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