SoundSense Exhibit at the Rochester Museum & Science Center
Take a journey into the world of sound and music as you explore:
Sound is a vibration. Humans have adapted the abilities to hear, see, and feel sound vibrations to help us engage with our environment. Take a turn in the butt-kicker chair and try out our hearing range test to sense it for yourself!
How Sound Is Made
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, so what will happen when you play music in our vacuum bell jar?
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?
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. Take a stroll through the past to see how our music technology has changed over time.
Things That Make Sound
Many types of musical instruments produce sound, classified according to the method they use to create sound vibrations. Explore all kinds of instruments from all over the world from a Buddhist double reed horn from Tibet to a 3D-printed guitar from the Rochester Institute of Technology. How are they similar? How are they different?