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Visitors to Oklahoma City won't want to miss The Science of Rock 'n' Roll, at Science Museum Oklahoma. This limited-time traveling exhibition is on display only through May 3. The Science of Rock 'n' Roll is a seven-gallery exhibit celebrates the great history of Rock 'n' Roll and the key role that it played in the development of science and technology.

Visitors will learn about a variety of topics relevant to the music industry including the art of music composition, careers within the music industry, and how rock n' roll influenced sociocultural and political movements
and vice versa.

The exhibition includes a series of fun, hands-on, engaging musical interactions where visitors can create their own compositions, remix famous songs, and even use state-of-the-art technology to record themselves singing, playing a real guitar, and drumming like rock stars. The exhibit also features historical artifacts, animated videos, instrument displays, interactive kiosks and cutting edge technology to create an experience like none other within a museum while exploring how science and technology have evolved over time to change with music, especially rock n' roll.

Virtually all narratives on the history of rock n' roll have been told in a straight chronological form. The timeline usually runs something like this: Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, punk, new wave, MTV, grunge and so on.

Since the late 1800s, music and technology have gone hand in hand. Music began to demand the use of new tools. These new tools in turn changed music. Technology and music have conspired to change how we make music, how we listen to music, how we consume it, how it's distributed and how it's perceived.

The Science of Rock N Roll tells the story of the birth and evolution of rock music from the viewpoint of science and technology. The exhibition features seven rooms that consist of: four different interactives, historical artifacts, information walls, and more.

The impact of rock n' roll is incalculable. It's an instigator and vehicle of social, political, and cultural change. It's about originality, self-expression and freedom of speech. Rock can influence government,mobilize the masses and break down barriers. But it's also about cars, girls and having a good time on a Friday night.

Viewed from a different angle, though, rock n' roll is the result of the intersection between art and science. Rock would not exist in the form it does today without developments in various fields of science and technology.

A visitor's journey will begin with the history and evolution of rock from the 1950s to today told decade by decade. As they continue, an interactive display demonstrates how tone, pitch, key, rhythm, tempo, timbre, melody, hook, harmony and contour come into play when composing rock music.

The exhibit looks at the history and the science behind how instruments we use to make rock - guitars, keyboards, drums and amplifiers work. A tour of the Mono vs. Dolby stereo room will help visitors understand how your brain is affected by rock music.

Fascinating stories behind how music has been captured over the last 140 years revels how recording studio technology affected the evolution of music. Visitors interested in to getting involved with the music industry offstage will find what kinds of careers are offered. Finally, experience the feeling of being in a live show, with a 20-foot video wall, light show and crowd effects. The ultimate finale to The Science of Rock N Roll!

Science Museum Oklahoma reveals the wonder and relevance of science in our everyday lives. Get up to your elbows in science with acres of hands-on experiences, thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts and new exhibits always on the horizon. Let your inner-child run wild!

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Regular museum admission is $12.95 for adults, and $10.95 for seniors and children. The Science of Rock N Roll admission is an additional $5.00 per adult, and $4 per child/senior.

The Science of Rock 'n' Roll is organized by Elevation Productions and distributed by Exhibits Development Group. For more info visit www.sciencemuseumok.org or call (405) 602-6664.





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