Traveling exhibit brings love of music to museum
"Just take those old records off the shelf.
I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself.
Today's music ain't got the same soul.
I like that old time rock 'n' roll!"
Well, Mr. Seger, you are not alone in your love of rock 'n' roll, but the Science Museum Oklahoma has something where you don't have to sit by yourself.
A traveling exhibition, open until May 4, illustrates the story of the birth and evolution of rock music from the viewpoint of science and technology. With eight galleries and many hands-on exhibits, "The Science of Rock 'n' Roll" shows the symbiotic relationship of music and technology that led to the success of musicians like Elvis and The Beatles, as well as advancements contributing to today's MP3 technology.
Don Otto, museum president, said the exhibition's diverse artifacts and hands-on activities along with multimedia components will have a wide appeal to visitors of all ages.
"This is not your typical chronological narrative on the history of rock 'n' roll music," Otto said. "'The Science of Rock 'n' Roll' is so much more. It lays out the history of rock music since the late 1800s and places real-world context and scientific discoveries in that timeline. It shows the technology and tools invented through science, such as the first phonograph, the first electric guitar and today's MP3 players; then, it goes a step further and shows the ways science became a catalyst for diverse careers in the music industry."
In the exhibit there are eight rooms to explore, each telling a different part of the relationship of technology and music.
Room 1: The Art of Rock Entering the exhibit proper, visitors will move through an entrance hallway lined with photographs and posters explaining what they're about to see, hear, do and experience.
Room 2: Decades of Rock The history and evolution of rock from the 1950s to today is told decade by decade, with artifacts, a photo/slide show and information walls.
Room 3: Rock Composed An interactive display demonstrates how tone, pitch, key, rhythm, tempo, timbre, melody, hook, harmony and contour come into play when composing rock music.