Touching Sound: Exploring the Science Behind Music at the RMSC

Touching Sound: Exploring the Science Behind Music at the RMSC

Today, George Cassidy Payne adds the seventh piece to our Rochester Museum and Science Center series. Se the full series at end.

If you haven’t checked out the SoundSense exhibit at the RMSC, it’s a must see attraction that will only be around for a couple more months. The exhibit combines hands on activities with more traditional displays of rare artifacts and instruments from around the world, to create a one of a kind experience for music lovers of all ages.

Sounds are part of our everyday lives and help us to make sense of the world around us. We use sound to communicate, to warn of danger, and as a form of entertainment. Explore the nature of sound and how we sense it, dive into the science and art behind the tools we use to create different types of sound, and discover how humans use this compression of air molecules we call sound to create the emotional experience we call music. – Rochester Museum and Science Center

Photography by George Cassidy Payne

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. -Bob Marley

The next Keith Moon?

Sound and technology have each influenced the other. Technology is a driving force in the music industry and advancements in sound recording and reproduction have evolved the way we play and listen to music. (RMSC website)

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou

Sound energy moves in waves. Wavelength, frequency, and amplitude are basic properties that all types of waves have in common. Sound waves need a medium to move through. (RMSC website)

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. Albert Schweitzer

Sound is a vibration. Humans have adapted the abilities to hear, see, and feel sound vibrations to help us engage with our environment. (RMSC website)

Son House spent the later part of his life in Rochester, before he was rediscovered by Blues enthusiasts in the 60s.

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Plato

Sound influences human emotion. These emotional responses enable people to communicate ideas and feelings through sounds and music — to warn of danger, to entertain, and even to heal. What music makes you feel like dancing? What would it be like to watch a movie scene you love with a completely different soundtrack? (RMSC website)

Mendon Payne walking to his own beat

Rochester Music Hall of Fame member Ron Carter

Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen

Many types of musical instruments produce sound, classified according to the method they use to create sound vibrations. (RMSC website)

Rochester musical legend Cab Calloway

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it. Stevie Wonder

When is it?
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Start Date: 10/05/2018
End Date: 04/21/2019
Earliest Start Time: 9amHow Much Does It Cost?
Cost: This gallery is included (availability varies) with Museum Group Admission: $7 per person; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member adults free


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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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