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Exhibit review: 'The Science of Rock 'n' Roll' rocks

The interactive, hands-on traveling exhibition “The Science of Rock ’n’ Roll” closes Sunday at Science Museum Oklahoma.
Oklahoman Modified: April 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm •  Published: April 28, 2014

For music lovers, technology geeks or just playful spirits, the traveling exhibition “The Science of Rock ’n’ Roll” truly rocks.

The exhibit closes Sunday at Science Museum Oklahoma.

On a recent Saturday, my husband, Patrick, and I spent almost three hours in the exhibit with our children: Chris, 19, Gabe, 7, and Brenna, 3. For us, the afternoon of fun was worth the additional admission fee for the exhibit; the upcharge is $5 for adults and $4 for children.

While my husband and I enjoyed pointing out Beatles memorabilia, showing off eight-track tapes and listening to vintage chats with the likes of Ray Davies and Elvis in the interview “totems” that bring to mind a giant jukebox, our brood spent most of our time making music in the hands-on exhibit.

Her inability to read didn’t stop my preschool daughter from practically camping out in a vocal booth, where she ad-libbed free verse poetry about princesses and ponies when her dad and Gabe weren’t there to help her figure out the lyrics to the three available songs. Peeking through the porthole or punching the button to listen in was great fun — when our little diva allowed it.

Gabe helped me tone down the vocals, bump up the mellotron and otherwise tinker with David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” at one of the remixing stations and then traded off with his brother on the hydraulically mounted guitars, where Chris played a solid rendition of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” and practiced the opening of Metallica’s “One.” My husband proved the most adept at keeping the beat at the drumming stations, while I found myself wishing I had taken childhood piano lessons as I experimented on the keyboard.

Although recording equipment and instruments have become more affordable and commonplace over the years, Bryan J. Reinblatt, managing director of Elevation Productions, which produces exhibitions for museums and science centers, said the exhibit takes into account that, for many people, opportunities to put your hands on those musical tools are still fairly rare.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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