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What to do in Oklahoma on May 4, 2014: Catch the final day of "The Science of Rock 'n' Roll" at Science Museum Oklahoma

by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 4, 2014
The traveling exhibit "The Science of Rock 'n' Roll" closes today at Science Museum Oklahoma. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
The traveling exhibit "The Science of Rock 'n' Roll" closes today at Science Museum Oklahoma. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Today’s featured event:

See the special exhibition “The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll” before it closes today at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. Hours today are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As previously reported, the traveling exhibit “The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll” uses technology in the form of hands-on, interactive stations to let visitors experience how technology has changed popular music.

“We profile a lot of technology that has come up from the ‘50s to the ‘60s and ‘70s and ‘80s, and our move, essentially, from analog – you know, beating on a drum – to digital and all the new sounds and all the new exciting things that music was able to create is sort of the whole crux of the exhibition,” Bryan J. Reinblatt, managing director Elevation Productions, which produces exhibitions for museums and science centers.

“You know, (it’s) how we’ve gone from literally burning thousands of copies of wax cylinders, where an individual artist has to repeat the performance so they can record them one at a time, to now literally 6, 7 million songs in your pocket. An artist today can record a song in their basement with a few hundred dollars worth of technology and distribute that through the world.”

The show-stoppers of the 10,250 square feet of rock ‘n’ roll in the exhibit are stations where people can actually try their hand at electric guitars, keyboards and drums. Aspiring singers can step into vocal booths and wail away, while spectators (including parents and pals) can peer through portholes or bunch a button to listen in, and aspiring producers and engineers can try out mixing stations where fans can tinker with David Bowie’s epic “Space Oddity”

Admirers of Bjork can even try out the Reactables composition stations the Icelandic superstar and other electronic musicians sometimes play on stage. By placing blocks called tangibles on the table’s interactive screen and interfacing with the display, aspiring composers can manipulate rhythms and riffs, hooks and harmonies to create their own songs.

To read my review of the exhibit, click here.

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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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